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Vulnerability Assessment Details
XChat 2.0.x SOCKS5 Vulnerability
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200404-15
(XChat 2.0.x SOCKS5 Vulnerability)
The SOCKS 5 proxy code in XChat is vulnerable to a remote exploit. Users
would have to be using XChat through a SOCKS 5 server, enable SOCKS 5
traversal which is disabled by default and also connect to a possible hacker's
custom proxy server.
This vulnerability may permit a possible hacker to run arbitrary code within the
context of the user ID of the XChat client.
A workaround is not currently known for this issue. All users are advised
to upgrade to the latest version of the affected package.
All XChat users should upgrade to the latest stable version:
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=net-irc/xchat-2.0.8-r1"
# emerge ">=net-irc/xchat-2.0.8-r1"
Note that users of the gtk1 version of xchat (1.8.*) should upgrade to
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv "=net-irc/xchat-1.8.11-r1"
# emerge "=net-irc/xchat-1.8.11-r1"
Network Security Threat Level: Low
Networks Security ID:
Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2005 Michel Arboi
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