Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS / 10.10 : pidgin vulnerabilities (USN-1014-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 50492


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


Pierre Nogues discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled malformed SLP messages in the MSN protocol handler. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted message and cause Pidgin to crash, leading to a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, 9.10 and 10.04 LTS. (CVE-2010-1624)

Daniel Atallah discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled the return code of the Base64 decoding function. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted message and cause Pidgin to crash, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2010-3711).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 50492

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1014-1.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/11/05

Updated: 2019/09/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/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:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/11/04

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/05/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-1624, CVE-2010-3711

BID: 40138, 44283

USN: 1014-1