GLSA 200508-06 Gaim: Remote execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 08/15/2005 04:52 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Gaim: Remote execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200508-06
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Gaim: Remote execution of arbitrary code
Date: August 15, 2005
Bugs: #102000
ID: 200508-06

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Synopsis
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Gaim is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which could lead to the
execution of arbitrary code or to a Denial of Service.

Background
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Gaim is a full featured instant messaging client which handles a
variety of instant messaging protocols.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-im/gaim < 1.5.0 >= 1.5.0

Description
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Brandon Perry discovered that Gaim is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer
overflow when handling away messages (CAN-2005-2103). Furthermore,
Daniel Atallah discovered a vulnerability in the handling of file
transfers (CAN-2005-2102).

Impact
======

A remote attacker could create a specially crafted away message which,
when viewed by the target user, could lead to the execution of
arbitrary code. Also, an attacker could send a file with a non-UTF8
filename to a user, which would result in a Denial of Service.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-im/gaim-1.5.0"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-2102
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?nameÊN-2005-2102
[ 2 ] CAN-2005-2103
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?nameÊN-2005-2103

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-200508-06.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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