Scientific Linux Security Update : pidgin on SL 3.0.x , SL 4.x , SL 5.x

This script is Copyright (C) 2012 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

An integer overflow flaw was found in Pidgin's MSN protocol handler.
If a user received a malicious MSN message, it was possible to execute
arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Pidgin.

Note: the default Pidgin privacy setting only allows messages from
users in the buddy list. This prevents arbitrary MSN users from
exploiting this flaw.

This update also addresses the following bug :

- when attempting to connect to the ICQ network, Pidgin
would fail to connect, present an alert saying the 'The
client version you are using is too old', and
de-activate the ICQ account. This update restores
Pidgin's ability to connect to the ICQ network.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.8

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 60438 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-2927