Scientific Linux Security Update : pidgin on SL 3.0.x , SL 4.x , SL 5.x

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60438


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


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.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60438

File Name: sl_20080711_pidgin_on_SL_3_0_x.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/01/07

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: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2927

CWE: 189