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Mandrake Versions of Gaim prior to 0.58 contain a buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module. As well, a vulnerability was discovered in the URL-handling code, where the "manual" browser command passes an untrusted string to the shell without reliable quoting or escaping.


                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           gaim
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2002:054
Date:                   August 1st, 2002
Affected versions:      7.1, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, Corporate Server 1.0.1

Problem Description:

 Versions of Gaim (an AOL instant message client) prior to 0.58 contain a
 buffer overflow in the Jabber plug-in module.  As well, a vulnerability
 was discovered in the URL-handling code, where the "manual" browser
 command passes an untrusted string to the shell without reliable
 quoting or escaping.  This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary
 commands on the user's machine with the user's permissions.  Those
 using the built-in browser commands are not vulnerable.


Updated Packages:

 Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
 cc3f1b72c0b0a046c2d6e271ac4ef9a8  7.1/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  7.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
 9fcfb20bdd27480122c97acd5b1db53a  7.2/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  7.2/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.0:
 095f6c8aadaf06732dc8398e8217fb3c  8.0/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  8.0/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.0/ppc:
 d078adbe132c822880c1e50043ba7edd  ppc/8.0/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  ppc/8.0/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.1:
 095f6c8aadaf06732dc8398e8217fb3c  8.1/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  8.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.1/ia64:
 5c1d08e501dc2f889bf7ddcd27b551d2  ia64/8.1/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.ia64.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  ia64/8.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.2:
 b18399b33a517de8af524c326e9b539b  8.2/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  8.2/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.2/ppc:
 0110ef0414286614261da0aa9749751f  ppc/8.2/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  ppc/8.2/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Corporate Server 1.0.1:
 cc3f1b72c0b0a046c2d6e271ac4ef9a8  1.0.1/RPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 d72cf5a2ccfa4d130b036aeac5fd88f4  1.0.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-1.1mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see for more information):


To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.  The verification of md5
checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one 
of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm".  A list of
FTP mirrors can be obtained from:

Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package.  You can do this with the command:

  rpm --checksig 

All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security.  You can obtain
the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team from:

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to 

You can view other update advisories for Mandrake Linux at:

MandrakeSoft has several security-related mailing list services that
anyone can subscribe to.  Information on these lists can be obtained by

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

Type Bits/KeyID     Date       User ID
pub  1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team

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