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Gaim: Multiple Denial of Service issues


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200503-03 / gaim
Release Date March 01, 2005
Latest Revision March 01, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-im/gaim < 1.1.4 >= 1.1.4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #83253


Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in Gaim which could allow a remote attacker to crash the application.

2.  Impact Information


Gaim is a full featured instant messaging client which handles a variety of instant messaging protocols.


Specially crafted SNAC packets sent by other instant-messaging users can cause Gaim to loop endlessly (CAN-2005-0472). Malformed HTML code could lead to invalid memory accesses (CAN-2005-0208 and CAN-2005-0473).


Remote attackers could exploit these issues, resulting in a Denial of Service.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-im/gaim-1.1.4"

4.  References


Page updated March 01, 2005

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