GLSA 200408-12: Gaim: MSN protocol parsing function buffer
Posted on: 08/12/2004 06:50 PM

A gaim update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200408-12
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Gaim: MSN protocol parsing function buffer overflow
Date: August 12, 2004
Bugs: #60034
ID: 200408-12

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Synopsis
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Gaim contains a remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability in the MSN-protocol parsing code that may allow remote execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux which supports many instant messaging protocols.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-im/gaim <= 0.81 >= 0.81-r1

Description
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Sebastian Krahmer of the SuSE Security Team has discovered a remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability in the code handling MSN protocol parsing.

Impact
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By sending a carefully-crafted message, an attacker may execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Gaim.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available version of Gaim.

Resolution
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All Gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=net-im/gaim-0.81-r1"
# emerge ">=net-im/gaim-0.81-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] OSVDB ID: 8382
http://www.osvdb.org/displayvuln.php?osvdb_id=8382

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200408-12.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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