openSUSE Security Update : pidgin (openSUSE-2017-457)

High Nessus Plugin ID 99295


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This update for pidgin to version 2.12.0 fixes the following issues :

This security issue was fixed :

- CVE-2017-2640: Out of bounds memory read in purple_markup_unescape_entity (boo#1028835).

These non-security issues were fixed :

+ libpurple :

- Fix the use of uninitialised memory if running non-debug-enabled versions of glib.

- Update AIM dev and dist ID's to new ones that were assigned by AOL.

- TLS certificate verification now uses SHA-256 checksums.

- Fix the SASL external auth for Freenode (boo#1009974).

- Remove the MSN protocol plugin. It has been unusable and dormant for some time.

- Remove the Mxit protocol plugin. The service was closed at the end ofSeptember 2016.

- Remove the MySpaceIM protocol plugin. The service has been defunct for a long time (

- Remove the Yahoo! protocol plugin. Yahoo has completely reimplemented their protocol, so this version is no longer operable as of August 5th, 2016.

- Remove the Facebook (XMPP) account option. According to the XMPP Chat API service ended April 30th, 2015.

- Fix gnutls certificate validation errors that mainly affected Google.

+ General :

- Replace instances of with and update the urls to use https (

+ IRC :

- Fix an issue of messages being silently cut off at 500 characters. Large messages are now split into parts and sent one by one (


Update the affected pidgin packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 99295

File Name: openSUSE-2017-457.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/04/12

Modified: 2017/04/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:finch, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:finch-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:finch-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-branding-openSUSE, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-branding-upstream, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-lang, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-plugin-sametime, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-plugin-sametime-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-tcl, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libpurple-tcl-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:pidgin, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:pidgin-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:pidgin-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:pidgin-devel, cpe:/o:novell:opensuse:42.2

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

Patch Publication Date: 2017/04/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-2640

IAVB: 2017-B-0029