GLSA 200903-26 TMSNC: Execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 03/12/2009 03:10 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - TMSNC: Execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-26
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: TMSNC: Execution of arbitrary code
Date: March 12, 2009
Bugs: #229157
ID: 200903-26

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow in TMSNC might lead to the execution of arbitrary
code when processing an instant message.

Background
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TMSNC is a Textbased client for the MSN instant messaging protocol.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-im/tmsnc lt;= 0.3.2-r1 Vulnerable!
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NOTE: Certain packages are still vulnerable. Users should migrate
to another package if one is available or wait for the
existing packages to be marked stable by their
architecture maintainers.

Description
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Nico Golde reported a stack-based buffer overflow when processing a MSN
packet with a UBX command containing a large UBX payload length field.

Impact
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A remote attacker could send a specially crafted message, possibly
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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Since TMSNC is no longer maintained, we recommend that users unmerge
the vulnerable package and switch to another console-based MSN client
such as CenterIM or Pebrot:

# emerge --unmerge "net-im/tmsnc"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-2828
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2828

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-200903-26.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 2009 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/2.5



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