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BitchX: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200807-12 / bitchx
Release Date July 21, 2008
Latest Revision July 21, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-irc/bitchx <= 1.1-r4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #190667


Multiple vulnerabilities in BitchX may allow for the remote execution of arbitrary code or symlink attacks.

2.  Impact Information


BitchX is an IRC client.


bannedit reported a boundary error when handling overly long IRC MODE messages (CVE-2007-4584). Nico Golde reported an insecure creation of a temporary file within the e_hostname() function (CVE-2007-5839).


A remote attacker could entice a user to connect to a malicious IRC server, resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. A local attacker could perform symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary files on the local machine.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


Since BitchX is no longer maintained, we recommend that users unmerge the vulnerable package and switch to another IRC client:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --unmerge "net-irc/bitchx"

4.  References


Page updated July 21, 2008

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