Oracle Linux 3 / 4 : pidgin (ELSA-2009-1218)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 67912


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2009:1218 :

Updated pidgin packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Pidgin is an instant messaging program which can log in to multiple accounts on multiple instant messaging networks simultaneously.

Federico Muttis of Core Security Technologies discovered a flaw 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. (CVE-2009-2694)

Note: Users can change their privacy settings to only allow messages from users on their buddy list to limit the impact of this flaw.

These packages upgrade Pidgin to version 2.5.9. Refer to the Pidgin release notes for a full list of changes:

All Pidgin users should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve this issue. Pidgin must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected pidgin packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 67912

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2009-1218.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/12/07

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:finch, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:finch-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libpurple, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libpurple-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libpurple-perl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libpurple-tcl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:pidgin, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:pidgin-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:pidgin-perl, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:3, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:4

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/08/18

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1376, CVE-2009-2694, CVE-2009-3025, CVE-2009-3026

OSVDB: 54647

RHSA: 2009:1218

CWE: 189, 310, 399