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Mandrake: kopte gunpg arbitrary code execution Print E-mail
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Mandrake This vulnerabiliy is in the GnuPG plugin that allows for users to send each other GPG-encrypted instant messages.


                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           kopete
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2003:055
Date:                   May 8th, 2003

Affected versions:	9.1

Problem Description:

 A vulnerability was discovered in versions of kopete, a KDE instant
 messenger client, prior to 0.6.2.  This vulnerabiliy is in the GnuPG
 plugin that allows for users to send each other GPG-encrypted instant
 messages.  The plugin passes encrypted messages to gpg, but does no
 checking to sanitize the commandline passed to gpg.  This can allow
 remote users to execute arbitrary code, with the permissions of the
 user running kopete, on the local system.


Updated Packages:
 Mandrake Linux 9.1:
 3a5e5182ff4463e12142d271c755fa56  9.1/RPMS/kopete-0.6.2-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 853880b7cab7b9f0f796c38b18468a2d  9.1/RPMS/libkopete1-0.6.2-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
 5a91638deb2635720ecb7a58cb43ec4e  9.1/SRPMS/kopete-0.6.2-1.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 9.1/PPC:
 6fbc193d6d90ec62be599de8dc0b04d1  ppc/9.1/RPMS/kopete-0.6.2-1.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 5ba0b2e1fe472c157f8d163f9c8375c3  ppc/9.1/RPMS/libkopete1-0.6.2-1.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 5a91638deb2635720ecb7a58cb43ec4e  ppc/9.1/SRPMS/kopete-0.6.2-1.1mdk.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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