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Gaim: MSN protocol parsing function buffer overflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200408-12 / gaim
Release Date August 12, 2004
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 03
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-im/gaim <= 0.81 >= 0.81-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #60034


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

2.  Impact Information


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


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


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

3.  Resolution Information


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


All Gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync

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

4.  References


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