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RedHat: 'gaim' Jabber plug-in vulnerability Print E-mail
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RedHat Linux Updated gaim packages are now available for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, and7.3. 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
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2002:098-14
Issue date:        2002-05-22
Updated on:        2002-08-05
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          gaim jabber irc
Cross references:  RHSA-2002:107
CVE Names:         CAN-2002-0384

1. Topic:

Updated gaim packages are now available for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, and
7.3. These updates fix a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - alpha, i386, ia64

Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, ia64

Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386

3. Problem description:

Gaim is an instant messaging client based on the published TOC protocol
from AOL.  Versions of gaim prior to 0.58 contain 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 
Linux 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 Linux 7.1:





Red Hat Linux 7.2:




Red Hat Linux 7.3:



7. Verification:

MD5 sum                          Package Name
835e5401888d91bdf0e23e0c5f6db3df 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/gaim-0.59-0.7.1.src.rpm
0c8747bf76323fdf6f1051a9d703d9a8 7.1/en/os/alpha/gaim-0.59-0.7.1.alpha.rpm
20f81cf0a9f37c793df2dd08446011a0 7.1/en/os/i386/gaim-0.59-0.7.1.i386.rpm
066642231f8777db6ad3e5edc9cb4a85 7.1/en/os/ia64/gaim-0.59-0.7.1.ia64.rpm
ed58245d5e5a5be3aba9c350622cc738 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/gaim-0.59-0.7.2.src.rpm
c298f784d2566aae659b56228b43ebb1 7.2/en/os/i386/gaim-0.59-0.7.2.i386.rpm
1ec104fd2357af9629e7caf7beac518b 7.2/en/os/ia64/gaim-0.59-0.7.2.ia64.rpm
46e3e3341a98f715309232eec97289a6 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/gaim-0.59-0.7.3.src.rpm
27d0b02251407982ee2b0c9affac5a93 7.3/en/os/i386/gaim-0.59-0.7.3.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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