GLSA-201706-10 : Pidgin: Arbitrary code execution

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 100653


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201706-10 (Pidgin: Arbitrary code execution)

Joseph Bisch discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled certain xml 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.


All Pidgin users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-im/pidgin-2.12.0'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 100653

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201706-10.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.2 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/06/07

Modified: 2017/06/09

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:pidgin, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2017/06/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-2640

GLSA: 201706-10

IAVB: 2017-B-0029