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Konversation: Various vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200501-34 / konversation
Release Date January 24, 2005
Latest Revision January 24, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-irc/konversation < 0.15.1 >= 0.15.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #78712


Konversation contains multiple vulnerabilities that could lead to remote command execution or information leaks.

2.  Impact Information


Konversation is a user-friendly IRC client for KDE.


Wouter Coekaerts has discovered three vulnerabilities within Konversation:

  • The Server::parseWildcards function, which is used by the "Quick Buttons", does not properly handle variable expansion (CAN-2005-0129).
  • Perl scripts included with Konversation do not properly escape shell metacharacters (CAN-2005-0130).
  • 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.

3.  Resolution Information


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"

4.  References


Page updated January 24, 2005

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