Gaim is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code or to a Denial of Service.
|Package||net-im/gaim on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 1.5.0|
|Unaffected versions||>= 1.5.0|
Gaim is a full featured instant messaging client which handles a variety of instant messaging protocols.
Brandon Perry discovered that Gaim is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer overflow when handling away messages (CAN-2005-2103). Furthermore, Daniel Atallah discovered a vulnerability in the handling of file transfers (CAN-2005-2102).
A remote attacker could create a specially crafted away message which, when viewed by the target user, could lead to the execution of arbitrary code. Also, an attacker could send a file with a non-UTF8 filename to a user, which would result in a Denial of Service.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All Gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-im/gaim-1.5.0"
August 15, 2005
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