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

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Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201402-27
(pidgin-knotify: Arbitrary code execution)

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.

See also :

Solution :

Gentoo has discontinued support for pidgin-knotify. We recommend that
users unmerge pidgin-knotify:
# emerge --unmerge 'x11-plugins/pidgin-knotify'

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.1
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.1
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 72718 ()

Bugtraq ID: 43206

CVE ID: CVE-2010-3088

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