Vulnerability Note VU#972499
AOL Instant Messenger vulnerable to buffer overflow via long filename
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is an application that allows one peer to communicate with another. A vulnerability exists that can crash the client of a victim.
AIM permits users to send files from one peer to another. By sending a file with a long name, it is possible to crash the client of the recipient.
By repeatedly sending this message with the file attached, a continued denial of service can be caused.
This has been resolved in AIM for Windows beta version 4.8.2540.
AIM permits the user to only accept messages from known/trusted peers. Enable this feature.
Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|AOL Time Warner||Affected||17 Oct 2001||14 Jan 2002|
CVSS Metrics (Learn More)
This vulnerability was discovered by Robbie Saunders.
This document was written by Jason Rafail.
- CVE IDs: Unknown
- Date Public: 06 Oct 2001
- Date First Published: 14 Jan 2002
- Date Last Updated: 14 Jan 2002
- Severity Metric: 9.45
- Document Revision: 9
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