Konversation: Various vulnerabilities
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200501-34 / konversation
||January 24, 2005
||January 24, 2005: 01
All supported architectures
Konversation contains multiple vulnerabilities that could lead to remote
command execution or information leaks.
Konversation is a user-friendly IRC client for KDE.
Wouter Coekaerts has discovered three vulnerabilities within
- The Server::parseWildcards function, which
is used by the "Quick Buttons", does not properly handle variable
- Perl scripts included with
Konversation do not properly escape shell metacharacters
- The 'Nick' and 'Password' fields in the Quick
Connect dialog can be easily confused (CAN-2005-0131).
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.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All Konversation users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-irc/konversation-0.15.1"