RHEL 3 : gaim (RHSA-2004:033)

High Nessus Plugin ID 12455


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated Gaim packages that fix a number of serious vulnerabilities are now available.

Gaim is an instant messenger client that can handle multiple protocols.

Stefan Esser audited the Gaim source code and found a number of bugs that have security implications. Due to the nature of instant messaging many of these bugs require man-in-the-middle attacks between client and server. However at least one of the buffer overflows could be exploited by an attacker sending a carefully-constructed malicious message through a server.

The issues include :

Multiple buffer overflows that affect versions of Gaim 0.75 and earlier. 1) When parsing cookies in a Yahoo web connection, 2) YMSG protocol overflows parsing the Yahoo login webpage, 3) a YMSG packet overflow, 4) flaws in the URL parser, and 5) flaws in HTTP Proxy connect. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0006 to these issues.

A buffer overflow in Gaim 0.74 and earlier in the Extract Info Field Function used for MSN and YMSG protocol handlers. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0007 to this issue.

An integer overflow in Gaim 0.74 and earlier, when allocating memory for a directIM packet results in heap overflow. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0008 to this issue.

All users of Gaim should upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain backported security patches correcting these issues.

Red Hat would like to thank Steffan Esser for finding and reporting these issues and Jacques A. Vidrine for providing initial patches.


Update the affected gaim package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 12455

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-033.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gaim, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2004/01/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0006, CVE-2004-0007, CVE-2004-0008

RHSA: 2004:033