finch, libpurple, pidgin security update

ID CESA-2008:0584
Type centos
Reporter CentOS Project
Modified 2008-07-13T11:46:41


CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2008:0584

Pidgin is a multi-protocol Internet Messaging client.

An integer overflow flaw was found 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-2008-2927)

Note: the default Pidgin privacy setting only allows messages from users in the buddy list. This prevents arbitrary MSN users from exploiting this flaw.

This update also addresses the following bug:

  • when attempting to connect to the ICQ network, Pidgin would fail to connect, present an alert saying the "The client version you are using is too old", and de-activate the ICQ account. This update restores Pidgin's ability to connect to the ICQ network.

All Pidgin users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:

Affected packages: finch finch-devel libpurple libpurple-devel libpurple-perl libpurple-tcl pidgin pidgin-devel pidgin-perl

Upstream details at: