USN-820-1: Pidgin vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-820-1

20th August, 2009

pidgin vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Software description

  • pidgin

Details

Federico Muttis discovered that Pidgin did not properly handle certain
malformed messages in the MSN protocol handler. A remote attacker could
send a specially crafted message and possibly execute arbitrary code with
user privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 9.04:
pidgin 1:2.5.5-1ubuntu8.4
Ubuntu 8.10:
pidgin 1:2.5.2-0ubuntu1.4
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
pidgin 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart Pidgin to effect the
necessary changes.

References

CVE-2009-2694