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pidgin-knotify: Arbitrary code execution


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201402-27 / pidgin-knotify
Release Date February 26, 2014
Latest Revision February 26, 2014: 1
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
x11-plugins/pidgin-knotify <= 0.2.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #336916


A vulnerability in pidgin-knotify might allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


pidgin-knotify is a Pidgin plug-in to display message notifications in KDE.


pidgin-knotify does not properly sanitize shell metacharacters from received messages.


A remote attacker could send a specially crafted instant message, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the Pidgin process.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


Gentoo has discontinued support for pidgin-knotify. We recommend that users unmerge pidgin-knotify:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --unmerge "x11-plugins/pidgin-knotify"

4.  References


Page updated February 26, 2014

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