Researchers in Finland have uncovered a series of flaws in the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) libraries that could pose a serious security risk.
The flaws could be exploited by crafting a specially designed XML file, or by sending specific requests to XML engines.
"XML implementations are ubiquitous. They are found in systems and services where one would not expect to find them," said Erka Koivunen, head of CERT-FI. "For us it is crucial that end users and organisations that use the affected libraries upgrade to the new versions."
Sun Microsystems, Apache and Python are all expected to release new versions of their XML libraries to counter the problem in the next 24 hours. The researchers waited until such library upgrades were available before releasing news of the vulnerabilities.
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