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Vulnerability Assessment Details
GAIM 0.75 Remote overflows
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200401-04
(GAIM 0.75 Remote overflows)
Yahoo changed the authentication methods to their IM servers,
rendering GAIM useless. The GAIM team released a rushed release
solving this issue, however, at the same time a code audit
revealed 12 new vulnerabilities.
Due to the nature of instant messaging many of these bugs require
man-in-the-middle attacks between the client and the server. But
the underlying protocols are easy to implement and attacking
ordinary TCP sessions is a fairly simple task. As a result, all
users are advised to upgrade their GAIM installation.
Users of GAIM 0.74 or below are affected by 7 of the
vulnerabilities and are encouraged to upgrade.
Users of GAIM 0.75 are affected by 11 of the vulnerabilities
and are encouraged to upgrade to the patched version of GAIM
offered by Gentoo.
Users of GAIM 0.75-r6 are only affected by
4 of the vulnerabilities, but are still urged to upgrade to
There is no immediate workaround
a software upgrade is required.
All users are recommended to upgrade GAIM to 0.75-r7.
$> emerge sync
$> emerge -pv ">=net-im/gaim-0.75-r7"
$> emerge ">=net-im/gaim-0.75-r7"
Network Security Threat Level: Medium
Networks Security ID:
Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2005 Michel Arboi
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