RHEL 2.1 : gaim (RHSA-2005:589)

High Nessus Plugin ID 19422


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated gaim package that fixes a buffer overflow security issue is now available.

This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Gaim is an Internet Instant Messaging client.

A heap based buffer overflow issue was discovered in the way Gaim processes away messages. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted away message to a Gaim user logged into AIM or ICQ which could result in arbitrary code execution. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-2103 to this issue.

Users of gaim are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches and is not vulnerable to this issue.


Update the affected gaim package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19422

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-589.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/08/12

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gaim, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/08/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2103

BID: 14531

OSVDB: 18668, 18669

RHSA: 2005:589