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Home » Hacking News » MDKSA-2002:054-1-gaim


by Nikola Strahija on September 7th, 2002 Versions of Gaim (an AOL instant message client) prior to 0.58 contain a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module. As well, a vulnerability was discovered in the URL-handling code, where the "manual" browser command passes an untrusted string to the shell without reliable quoting or escaping. This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the user's machine with the user's permissions. Those using the built-in browser commands are not vulnerable.


The 8.1 package had an incorrect dependency on perl. This package
has been replaced with a proper package. Please note the differing
md5 sums.


Updated Packages:

Mandrake Linux 8.1:
b6438c115a3cfa04c891e082c0795956 8.1/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4 8.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see for more information):


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