openSUSE Security Update : pidgin (openSUSE-2017-457)

This script is Copyright (C) 2017 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

The remote openSUSE host is missing a security update.

Description :

This update for pidgin to version 2.12.0 fixes the following issues :

This security issue was fixed :

- CVE-2017-2640: Out of bounds memory read in
purple_markup_unescape_entity (boo#1028835).

These non-security issues were fixed :

+ libpurple :

- Fix the use of uninitialised memory if running
non-debug-enabled versions of glib.

- Update AIM dev and dist ID's to new ones that were
assigned by AOL.

- TLS certificate verification now uses SHA-256 checksums.

- Fix the SASL external auth for Freenode (boo#1009974).

- Remove the MSN protocol plugin. It has been unusable and
dormant for some time.

- Remove the Mxit protocol plugin. The service was closed
at the end ofSeptember 2016.

- Remove the MySpaceIM protocol plugin. The service has
been defunct for a long time (pidgin.im#15356).

- Remove the Yahoo! protocol plugin. Yahoo has completely
reimplemented their protocol, so this version is no
longer operable as of August 5th, 2016.

- Remove the Facebook (XMPP) account option. According to
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat the XMPP Chat
API service ended April 30th, 2015.

- Fix gnutls certificate validation errors that mainly
affected Google.

+ General :

- Replace instances of d.pidgin.im with
developer.pidgin.im and update the urls to use https
(pidgin.im#17036).

+ IRC :

- Fix an issue of messages being silently cut off at 500
characters. Large messages are now split into parts and
sent one by one (pidgin.im#4753).

See also :

https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1009974
https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1028835
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat

Solution :

Update the affected pidgin packages.

Risk factor :

High

Family: SuSE Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 99295 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2017-2640

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