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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Gaim: New vulnerabilities
      Date: August 27, 2004
      Bugs: #61457
        ID: 200408-27

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Synopsis
========

Gaim contains several security issues that might allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code or commands.

Background
==========

Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux which
supports many instant messaging protocols.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package      /  Vulnerable  /                          Unaffected
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  1  net-im/gaim      < 0.81-r5                             >= 0.81-r5

Description
===========

Gaim fails to do proper bounds checking when:

* Handling MSN messages (partially fixed with GLSA 200408-12).

* Handling rich text format messages.

* Resolving local hostname.

* Receiving long URLs.

* Handling groupware messages.

* Allocating memory for webpages with fake content-length header.

Furthermore Gaim fails to escape filenames when using drag and drop
installation of smiley themes.

Impact
======

These vulnerabilites could allow an attacker to crash Gaim or execute
arbitrary code or commands with the permissions of the user running
Gaim.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to
upgrade to the latest available version of Gaim.

Resolution
==========

All gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge sync

    # emerge -pv ">=net-im/gaim-0.81-r5"
    # emerge ">=net-im/gaim-0.81-r5"

References
==========

  [ 1 ] Gaim security issues
        http://gaim.sourceforge.net/security/index.php

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200408-27.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
=======

Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0
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