[USN-2216-1] Pidgin vulnerability

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Wed May 21 12:43:28 UTC 2014

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2216-1
May 21, 2014

pidgin vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 13.10
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Pidgin could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially
crafted network traffic.

Software Description:
- pidgin: graphical multi-protocol instant messaging client for X


It was discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled certain messages from
Gadu-Gadu file relay servers. A malicious remote server or a man in the
middle could use this issue to cause Pidgin to crash, resulting in a denial
of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  libpurple0                      1:2.10.9-0ubuntu3.1
  pidgin                          1:2.10.9-0ubuntu3.1

Ubuntu 13.10:
  libpurple0                      1:2.10.7-0ubuntu4.
  pidgin                          1:2.10.7-0ubuntu4.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
  libpurple0                      1:2.10.3-0ubuntu1.5
  pidgin                          1:2.10.3-0ubuntu1.5

After a standard system update you need to restart Pidgin to make all the
necessary changes.


Package Information:

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