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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Xerces-C (CVE-2018-1311)

Security Bulletin


Xerces-C is a validating XML parser written in a portable subset of C++. Xerces-C makes it easy to give your application the ability to read and write XML data. A shared library is provided for parsing, generating, manipulating, and validating XML documents. XML parser contains a use-after-free error triggered during the scanning of external DTDs (CVE-2018-1311)

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2018-1311
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Xerces-C could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by an use-after-free error during the scanning of external DTDs. By sending a specially crafted file, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service condition on the system.
CVSS Base score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s) Version(s)
HMC V9.1.910.0 V9.1.910.0




  The following fixes are available on IBM Fix Central at:

Power HMC
V9.1.940.2 ppc
Power HMC
V9.1.940.2 x86

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

28 Apr 2020: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
22 September 2021