Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : gaim (MDKSA-2002:054-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 13956
SynopsisThe remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.
DescriptionVersions of Gaim (an AOL instant message client) prior to 0.58 contain a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module. As well, a vulnerability was discovered in the URL-handling code, where the 'manual' browser command passes an untrusted string to the shell without reliable quoting or escaping. This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the user's machine with the user's permissions. Those using the built-in browser commands are not vulnerable.
The 8.1 package had an incorrect dependency on perl. This package has been replaced with a proper package. Please note the differing md5 sums.
SolutionUpdate the affected gaim package.