RHEL 2.1 : gaim (RHSA-2005:432)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

An updated gaim package that fixes security issues is now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1.

This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

The Gaim application is a multi-protocol instant messaging client.

A stack based buffer overflow bug was found in the way gaim processes
a message containing a URL. A remote attacker could send a carefully
crafted message resulting in the execution of arbitrary code on a
victim's machine. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
(cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1261 to this issue.

A bug in the way Gaim processes SNAC packets was discovered. It is
possible that a remote attacker could send a specially crafted SNAC
packet to a Gaim client, causing the client to stop responding. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
assigned the name CVE-2005-0472 to this issue.

Users of Gaim are advised to upgrade to this updated package which
contains gaim version 0.59.9 with backported patches to correct these
issues.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2005-0472.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2005-1261.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-432.html

Solution :

Update the affected gaim package.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 18241 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2005-0472
CVE-2005-1261