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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2002 2:46 pm    Post subject: [gentoo-announce] GLSA: gaim Reply with quote

Daniel Ahlberg wrote:
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GENTOO LINUX SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT
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PACKAGE :gaim
SUMMARY :arbitrary program execution
DATE :2002-08-27 13:30 UTC

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OVERVIEW

The 'Manual' browser command passes an untrusted string to the shell
without escaping or reliable quoting, permitting an attacker to execute
arbitrary commands on the users machine.

DETAIL

The developers of Gaim, an instant messenger client that combines
several different networks, found a vulnerability in the hyperlink
handling code. The 'Manual' browser command passes an untrusted
string to the shell without escaping or reliable quoting, permitting
an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the users machine.
Unfortunately, Gaim doesn't display the hyperlink before the user
clicks on it. Users who use other inbuilt browser commands aren't
vulnerable.

SOLUTION

It is recommended that all Gentoo Linux users who are running
net-im/gaim-0.59 and earlier update their systems
as follows:

emerge rsync
emerge gaim
emerge clean

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aliz@gentoo.org - GnuPG key is available at www.gentoo.org/~aliz
m0rpheus@gentoo.org
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