AOL Instant Messenger goim Handler Screen Name Parameter Handling Overflow

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 1246


The remote host is vulnerable to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack


The remote host is running AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). A problem has been reported in the handling of special characters. When a URL is sent to a user containing special characters that must be converted to addressable format, an overflow may occur. This has reportedly been able to create a Denial of Service.


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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 1246

Published: 2004/08/20

Modified: 2016/01/21

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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


Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 5.2


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:F/RL:U/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:aol:aim

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1953

BID: 5492