RHEL 3 / 4 : gaim (RHSA-2005:429)
High Nessus Plugin ID 18240
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
DescriptionAn updated gaim package that fixes two security issues is now available.
This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
The Gaim application is a multi-protocol instant messaging client.
A stack based buffer overflow bug was found in the way gaim processes a message containing a URL. A remote attacker could send a carefully crafted message resulting in the execution of arbitrary code on a victim's machine. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1261 to this issue.
A bug was found in the way gaim handles malformed MSN messages. A remote attacker could send a carefully crafted MSN message causing gaim to crash. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1262 to this issue.
Users of Gaim are advised to upgrade to this updated package which contains backported patches and is not vulnerable to these issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected gaim package.