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CenterICQ: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200512-11 / CenterICQ
Release Date December 20, 2005
Latest Revision December 20, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-im/centericq < 4.21.0-r2 >= 4.21.0-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #100519, #114038


CenterICQ is vulnerable to a Denial of Service issue, and also potentially to the execution of arbitrary code through an included vulnerable ktools library.

2.  Impact Information


CenterICQ is a text-based instant messaging interface that supports multiple protocols. It includes the ktools library, which provides text-mode user interface controls.


Gentoo developer Wernfried Haas discovered that when the "Enable peer-to-peer communications" option is enabled, CenterICQ opens a port that insufficiently validates whatever is sent to it. Furthermore, Zone-H Research reported a buffer overflow in the ktools library.


A remote attacker could cause a crash of CenterICQ by sending packets to the peer-to-peer communications port, and potentially cause the execution of arbitrary code by enticing a CenterICQ user to edit overly long contact details.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All CenterICQ users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-im/centericq-4.21.0-r2"

4.  References


Page updated December 20, 2005

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