Scientific Linux Security Update : pidgin on SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60612


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


A denial of service flaw was found in the Pidgin OSCAR protocol implementation. If a remote ICQ user sent a web message to a local Pidgin user using this protocol, it would cause excessive memory usage, leading to a denial of service (Pidgin crash). (CVE-2009-1889)

These updated packages also fix the following bug :

- the Yahoo! Messenger Protocol changed, making it incompatible (and unusable) with Pidgin versions prior to 2.5.7. This update provides Pidgin 2.5.8, which implements version 16 of the Yahoo! Messenger Protocol, which resolves this issue.

Note: These packages upgrade Pidgin to version 2.5.8.

Pidgin must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60612

File Name: sl_20090702_pidgin_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/01/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/07/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1889

CWE: 399