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Gaim contains a buffer overflow vulnerability in the gaim_quotedp_decode() function

Vulnerability Note VU#190366

Original Release Date: 2004-04-30 | Last Revised: 2004-05-06

Overview

There is a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Gaim gaim_quotedp_decode() function, which could cause a pointer to reference memory beyond the terminating null byte.

Description

Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messenger available for a number of operating systems. It includes a feature that requires Gaim to decode MIME-encoded data. There is a buffer overflow vulnerability in the gaim_quotedp_decode() function. This function fails to properly allocate memory for quoted printable strings, which could result in a pointer referencing a memory location beyond the terminating null byte.

Impact

An unauthenticated, remote attacker may cause a denial of service or potentially execute code of the attacker's choice.

Solution

Upgrade

Upgrade to Gaim version 0.76 or later.

Apply a patch
The maintainers of Gaim have supplied a patch to address this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

190366
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Gaim

Updated:  April 30, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

This vulnerability has been addressed in versions 0.76 and later. A patch is also available to address this issue.

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CVSS Metrics

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References

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was publicly reported by Stefan Esser of e-matters.

This document was written by Damon Morda.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0005
Severity Metric: 7.88
Date Public: 2004-01-26
Date First Published: 2004-04-30
Date Last Updated: 2004-05-06 18:20 UTC
Document Revision: 19

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