GLSA 200501-34: Konversation: Various vulnerabilities
Posted on: 01/24/2005 09:59 AM

A Konversation security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200501-34
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Konversation: Various vulnerabilities
Date: January 24, 2005
Bugs: #78712
ID: 200501-34

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Synopsis
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Konversation contains multiple vulnerabilities that could lead to remote command execution or information leaks.

Background
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Konversation is a user-friendly IRC client for KDE.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-irc/konversation < 0.15.1 >= 0.15.1

Description
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Wouter Coekaerts has discovered three vulnerabilites within
Konversation:

* The Server: :parseWildcards function, which is used by the "Quick Buttons", does not properly handle variable expansion (CAN-2005-0129).

* Perl scripts included with Konversation do not properly escape shell metacharacters (CAN-2005-0130).

* The 'Nick' and 'Password' fields in the Quick Connect dialog can be easily confused (CAN-2005-0131).

Impact
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A malicious server could create specially-crafted channels, which would exploit certain flaws in Konversation, potentially leading to the execution of shell commands. A user could also unintentionally input their password into the 'Nick' field in the Quick Connect dialog, exposing his password to IRC users, and log files.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Konversation users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-irc/konversation-0.15.1"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-0129
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0129
[ 2 ] CAN-2005-0130
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0130
[ 3 ] CAN-2005-0131
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0131
[ 4 ] KDE Security Advisory: Multiple vulnerabilities in Konversation
http://www.kde.org/info/security/advisory-20050121-1.txt

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-200501-34.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 2005 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/2.0


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