GLSA 201402-27: pidgin-knotify: Arbitrary code execution
Posted on: 02/27/2014 11:37 AM

A pidgin-knotify security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

GLSA 201402-27: pidgin-knotify: Arbitrary code execution


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 201402-27
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: pidgin-knotify: Arbitrary code execution
Date: February 26, 2014
Bugs: #336916
ID: 201402-27

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in pidgin-knotify might allow remote attackers to
execute arbitrary code.

Background
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pidgin-knotify is a Pidgin plug-in to display message notifications in
KDE.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-plugins/pidgin-knotify
<= 0.2.1 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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pidgin-knotify does not properly sanitize shell metacharacters from
received messages.

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

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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Gentoo has discontinued support for pidgin-knotify. We recommend that
users unmerge pidgin-knotify:

# emerge --unmerge "x11-plugins/pidgin-knotify"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2010-3088
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2010-3088

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-201402-27.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
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2014 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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