Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : pidgin vulnerability (USN-796-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 39619


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


Yuriy Kaminskiy discovered that Pidgin did not properly handle certain messages in the ICQ protocol handler. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted message and cause Pidgin to crash.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 39619

File Name: ubuntu_USN-796-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/07/07

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:finch, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:finch-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gaim, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpurple-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpurple-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpurple0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pidgin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pidgin-data, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pidgin-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:pidgin-dev, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/07/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1889

BID: 35530

OSVDB: 55588

USN: 796-1

CWE: 399