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|Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 7:09 pm Post subject: [ GLSA 200408-27 ] Gaim: New vulnerabilities
|Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
Title: Gaim: New vulnerabilities (GLSA 200408-27)
Date: August 27, 2004
Updated: May 22, 2006
Gaim contains several security issues that might allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code or commands.
Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux which
supports many instant messaging protocols.
Vulnerable: < 0.81-r5
Unaffected: >= 0.81-r5
Architectures: All supported architectures
Gaim fails to do proper bounds checking when:
- Handling MSN messages (partially fixed with GLSA 200408-12).
- Handling rich text format messages.
- Resolving local hostname.
- Receiving long URLs.
- Handling groupware messages.
- Allocating memory for webpages with fake content-length
Furthermore Gaim fails to escape filenames when using drag and drop
installation of smiley themes.
These vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to crash Gaim or execute
arbitrary code or commands with the permissions of the user running
There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to
upgrade to the latest available version of Gaim.
All gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:
|# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=net-im/gaim-0.81-r5"
# emerge ">=net-im/gaim-0.81-r5"
Gaim security issues
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