RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : pidgin (RHSA-2008:0584)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 33463


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated Pidgin packages that fix a security issue and address a bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

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

Pidgin is a multi-protocol Internet Messaging client.

An integer overflow flaw was found in Pidgin's MSN protocol handler.
If a user received a malicious MSN message, it was possible to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Pidgin.

Note: the default Pidgin privacy setting only allows messages from users in the buddy list. This prevents arbitrary MSN users from exploiting this flaw.

This update also addresses the following bug :

* when attempting to connect to the ICQ network, Pidgin would fail to connect, present an alert saying the 'The client version you are using is too old', and de-activate the ICQ account. This update restores Pidgin's ability to connect to the ICQ network.

All Pidgin users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 33463

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0584.nasl

Version: 1.22

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/07/10

Updated: 2019/09/17

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:finch, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:finch-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpurple, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpurple-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpurple-perl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libpurple-tcl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:pidgin, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:pidgin-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:pidgin-perl, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/07/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2008/07/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2927

RHSA: 2008:0584

CWE: 189