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RedHat: Powertools: 'gaim' Jabber plug-in vulnerability Print E-mail
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RedHat Linux Updated gaim packages are now available for Red Hat Powertools 7.These updates fix a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module.

                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated gaim client fixes Jabber plug-in vulnerability (Powertools)
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2002:107-11
Issue date:        2002-06-04
Updated on:        2002-08-05
Product:           Red Hat Powertools
Keywords:          gaim jabber irc
Cross references:  RHSA-2002:098
CVE Names:         CAN-2002-0384

1. Topic:

Updated gaim packages are now available for Red Hat Powertools 7.
These updates fix a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Powertools 7.0 - alpha, i386

3. Problem description:

Gaim is an instant messaging client written in GTK and is based on the
published TOC messaging protocol from AOL. Versions of gaim prior to 0.58
contained a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module.

Users of gaim should update to these errata packages containing gaim
0.59 which is not vulnerable to this issue.

Please note that gaim version 0.57 had an additional security problem
which has been fixed in version 0.58 (CAN-2002-0377), however Red Hat
Powertools did not ship with version 0.57 and was not vulnerable to this 

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only 
those RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs
which are not installed but included in the list will not be updated.
Note that you can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory 
*only* contains the desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  
Many people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat 
Network, launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the 
appropriate RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed  (http://bugzilla.Red for more info):

65263 - security issues in gaim 0.57

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Powertools 7.0:




7. Verification:

MD5 sum                          Package Name
6bbebd4e3d3eb89e40def52921c6c064 7.0/en/powertools/SRPMS/gaim-0.59-0.7.0.src.rpm
ad0f3b17d7c6e642dd04fb2f8f245fc9 7.0/en/powertools/alpha/gaim-0.59-0.7.0.alpha.rpm
06f4568fc44680bbcf1f171e26897fe6 7.0/en/powertools/i386/gaim-0.59-0.7.0.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg 

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001, 2002 Red Hat, Inc.

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