Pidgin: Arbitrary code execution — GLSA 201706-10

A vulnerability in Pidgin might allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

net-im/pidgin on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.12.0
Unaffected versions >= 2.12.0

Background

Pidgin is a GTK Instant Messenger client for a variety of instant messaging protocols.

Description

Joseph Bisch discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled certain xml 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

All Pidgin users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-im/pidgin-2.12.0"
 

References

Release Date
June 06, 2017

Latest Revision
June 06, 2017: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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