Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : pidgin (MDVSA-2009:025)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 36534


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


The NSS plugin in libpurple in Pidgin 2.4.1 does not verify SSL certificates, which makes it easier for remote attackers to trick a user into accepting an invalid server certificate for a spoofed service. (CVE-2008-3532)

Pidgin 2.4.1 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a long filename that contains certain characters, as demonstrated using an MSN message that triggers the crash in the msn_slplink_process_msg function. (CVE-2008-2955)

The UPnP functionality in Pidgin 2.0.0, and possibly other versions, allows remote attackers to trigger the download of arbitrary files and cause a denial of service (memory or disk consumption) via a UDP packet that specifies an arbitrary URL. (CVE-2008-2957)

The updated packages have been patched to fix these issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36534

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2009-025.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/11/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:finch, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64finch0, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64purple-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64purple0, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libfinch0, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libpurple-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libpurple0, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-bonjour, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-client, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-gevolution, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-i18n, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-meanwhile, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-mono, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-perl, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-silc, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pidgin-tcl, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/01/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2955, CVE-2008-2957, CVE-2008-3532

MDVSA: 2009:025

CWE: 20, 310