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Pidgin: Arbitrary code execution


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201209-17 / pidgin
Release Date September 27, 2012
Latest Revision September 27, 2012: 1
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-im/pidgin < 2.10.6 >= 2.10.6 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #425076


A buffer overflow in Pidgin might allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause Denial of Service.

2.  Impact Information


Pidgin is a GTK Instant Messenger client for a variety of instant messaging protocols. libpurple is the core library for Pidgin.


A stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability has been found in the MXit protocol plug-in for libpurple.


A remote attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Pidgin process, or cause a Denial of Service condition.

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-2.10.6"

4.  References


Page updated September 27, 2012

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