pidgin-knotify: Arbitrary code execution — GLSA 201402-27

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

Affected Packages

x11-plugins/pidgin-knotify on all architectures
Affected versions <= 0.2.1
Unaffected versions

Background

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

Description

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

Impact

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

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

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

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

References

Release Date
February 26, 2014

Latest Revision
February 26, 2014: 1

Severity
high

Exploitable
remote

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