Debian Security Advisory

DSA-2250-1 citadel -- denial of service

Date Reported:
31 Mar 2011
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2011-1756.
More information:

Wouter Coekaerts discovered that the Jabber server component of Citadel, a complete and feature-rich groupware server, is vulnerable to the so-called billion laughs attack because it does not prevent entity expansion on received data. This allows an attacker to perform denial of service attacks against the service by sending specially crafted XML data to it.

For the oldstable distribution (lenny), this problem has been fixed in version 7.37-8+lenny1.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), this problem has been fixed in version 7.83-2squeeze2.

For the testing (wheezy) and unstable (sid) distributions, this problem will be fixed soon.

We recommend that you upgrade your citadel packages.