GLSA-200505-09 : Gaim: Denial of Service and buffer overflow vulnerabilties

High Nessus Plugin ID 18252


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200505-09 (Gaim: Denial of Service and buffer overflow vulnerabilties)

Stu Tomlinson discovered that Gaim is vulnerable to a remote stack based buffer overflow when receiving messages in certain protocols, like Jabber and SILC, with a very long URL (CAN-2005-1261). Siebe Tolsma discovered that Gaim is also vulnerable to a remote Denial of Service attack when receiving a specially crafted MSN message (CAN-2005-1262).
Impact :

A remote attacker could cause a buffer overflow by sending an instant message with a very long URL, potentially leading to the execution of malicious code. By sending a SLP message with an empty body, a remote attacker could cause a Denial of Service or crash of the Gaim client.
Workaround :

There are no known workarounds at this time.


All Gaim users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-im/gaim-1.3.0'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18252

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200505-09.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/05/12

Modified: 2015/04/13

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:gentoo:linux:gaim, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/05/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/05/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1261, CVE-2005-1262

OSVDB: 16347, 16348

GLSA: 200505-09