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Pidgin: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200901-13 / pidgin
Release Date January 20, 2009
Latest Revision January 20, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-im/pidgin < 2.5.1 >= 2.5.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #230045, #234135


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Pidgin, allowing for remote arbitrary code execution, Denial of Service and service spoofing.

2.  Impact Information


Pidgin (formerly Gaim) is an instant messaging client for a variety of instant messaging protocols. It is based on the libpurple instant messaging library.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Pidgin and the libpurple library:

  • A participant to the TippingPoint ZDI reported multiple integer overflows in the msn_slplink_process_msg() function in the MSN protocol implementation (CVE-2008-2927).
  • Juan Pablo Lopez Yacubian is credited for reporting a use-after-free flaw in msn_slplink_process_msg() in the MSN protocol implementation (CVE-2008-2955).
  • The included UPnP server does not limit the size of data to be downloaded for UPnP service discovery, according to a report by Andrew Hunt and Christian Grothoff (CVE-2008-2957).
  • Josh Triplett discovered that the NSS plugin for libpurple does not properly verify SSL certificates (CVE-2008-3532).


A remote attacker could send specially crafted messages or files using the MSN protocol which could result in the execution of arbitrary code or crash Pidgin. NOTE: Successful exploitation might require the victim's interaction. Furthermore, an attacker could conduct man-in-the-middle attacks to obtain sensitive information using bad certificates and cause memory and disk resources to exhaust.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Pidgin users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-im/pidgin-2.5.1"

4.  References


Page updated January 20, 2009

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