Vulnerability Assessment & Network Security Forums

If through a vulnerability assessment, a network security issue is detected for the vulnerability below, applying the appropriate security patches in a timely matter is very important.  If you have detected that your system has already been compromised, following CERT's Network Security recovery document will assist with recommended steps for system recovery.

Home >> Browse Vulnerability Assessment Database >> Red Hat Local Security Checks >> RHSA-2004-604: gaim

Vulnerability Assessment Details

RHSA-2004-604: gaim

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Check for the version of the gaim packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

An updated gaim package that fixes security issues, fixes various bugs, and
includes various enhancements for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is now

The gaim application is a multi-protocol instant messaging client.

A buffer overflow has been discovered in the MSN protocol handler. When
receiving unexpected sequence of MSNSLP messages, it is possible that an
attacker could cause an internal buffer overflow, leading to a crash or
possible code execution. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
( has assigned the name CVE-2004-0891 to this issue.

This updated gaim package also fixes multiple user interface, protocol, and
error handling problems, including an ICQ communication encoding issue.

Additionally, these updated packages have compiled gaim as a PIE (position
independent executable) for added protection against future security

All users of gaim should upgrade to this updated package, which includes
various bug fixes, as well as a backported security patch.

Solution :
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2004 Tenable Network Security

Cables, Connectors

Knoppix 9.1.0 (i486) DVD
Knoppix 9.1.0 (i486) DVD pictureKnoppix V3.2 Linux CD Bootable Operating System Data Rcovery Tool
Knoppix V3.2 Linux CD Bootable Operating System Data Rcovery Tool pictureKnoppix Linux 9.1 LIVE 32GB bootable USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 w/ PERSISTENCE
Knoppix Linux 9.1 LIVE 32GB bootable USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 w/ PERSISTENCE pictureKnoppix Linux Bootable OS v8.6 "Original Live Operating System" 32G USB Stick
Knoppix Linux Bootable OS v8.6


No Discussions have been posted on this vulnerability.