Oracle Linux 6 : pidgin (ELSA-2010-0890)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 68143


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0890 :

Updated pidgin packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

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

Multiple NULL pointer dereference flaws were found in the way Pidgin handled Base64 decoding. A remote attacker could use these flaws to crash Pidgin if the target Pidgin user was using the Yahoo! Messenger Protocol, MSN, MySpace, or Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) protocol plug-ins, or using the Microsoft NT LAN Manager (NTLM) protocol for authentication. (CVE-2010-3711)

Red Hat would like to thank the Pidgin project for reporting these issues. Upstream acknowledges Daniel Atallah as the original reporter.

All Pidgin users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve these issues. Pidgin must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected pidgin packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 68143

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2010-0890.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2016/05/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4

Temporal Score: 3.5

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

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

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-docs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:pidgin-perl, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/02/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-3711

BID: 44283

RHSA: 2010:0890