Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : pidgin vulnerability (USN-3231-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 97752


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Joseph Bisch discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled certain xml messages. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Pidgin to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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 libpurple0 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 97752

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3231-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/03/15

Modified: 2017/03/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpurple0, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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: 2017/03/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-2640

OSVDB: 153426

USN: 3231-1

IAVB: 2017-B-0029