Gaim: Remote execution of arbitrary code
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200508-06 / Gaim
||August 15, 2005
||August 15, 2005: 01
All supported architectures
Gaim is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which could lead to the execution
of arbitrary code or to a Denial of Service.
Gaim is a full featured instant messaging client which handles a
variety of instant messaging protocols.
Brandon Perry discovered that Gaim is vulnerable to a heap-based
buffer overflow when handling away messages (CAN-2005-2103).
Furthermore, Daniel Atallah discovered a vulnerability in the handling
of file transfers (CAN-2005-2102).
A remote attacker could create a specially crafted away message
which, when viewed by the target user, could lead to the execution of
arbitrary code. Also, an attacker could send a file with a non-UTF8
filename to a user, which would result in a Denial of Service.
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-1.5.0"