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Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name: gaim
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2004:006-1
Date: January 30th, 2004
Original Advisory Date: January 26th, 2004
Affected versions: 9.1, 9.2

Problem Description:

A number of vulnerabilities were discovered in the gaim instant messenger program by Steffan Esser, versions 0.75 and earlier. Thanks to Jacques A. Vidrine for providing initial patches.

Multiple buffer overflows exist in gaim 0.75 and earlier: When parsing cookies in a Yahoo web connection; YMSG protocol overflows parsing the Yahoo login webpage; a YMSG packet overflow; flaws in the URL parser; and flaws in the HTTP Proxy connect (CAN-2004-006).

A buffer overflow in gaim 0.74 and earlier in the Extract Info Field Function used for MSN and YMSG protocol handlers (CAN-2004-007).

An integer overflow in gaim 0.74 and earlier, when allocating memory for a directIM packet results in a heap overflow (CAN-2004-0008).


The patch used to correct the problem was slightly malformed and could cause an infinite loop and crash with the Yahoo protocol. The new packages have a corrected patch that resolves the problem.


Updated Packages:

Mandrake Linux 9.1:
fcae01eb900d0da97de864d4d3c0482c 9.1/RPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.91mdk.i586.rpm
cf42dd624781591d2ad000dfe2316c34 9.1/RPMS/gaim-encrypt-0.75-1.2.91mdk.i586.rpm
ae4fbb504df617ae1831c6d4e315c07e 9.1/RPMS/libgaim-remote0-0.75-1.2.91mdk.i586.rpm
efda8611e8ebbaf897511538178a4dce 9.1/RPMS/libgaim-remote0-devel-0.75-1.2.91mdk.i586.rpm
d70c959f5dfb21a1355f4c8c4c1a9018 9.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.91mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 9.1/PPC:
be6bf22cc2bfe056da2acd3bf7a19f48 ppc/9.1/RPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.91mdk.ppc.rpm
103fe023dff77df22dd2c2a3083e66f6 ppc/9.1/RPMS/gaim-encrypt-0.75-1.2.91mdk.ppc.rpm
8a9b6a6dbaad9bec07ed577b702076e6 ppc/9.1/RPMS/libgaim-remote0-0.75-1.2.91mdk.ppc.rpm
e4f419c95f34faf0404ac1ad9766b0c1 ppc/9.1/RPMS/libgaim-remote0-devel-0.75-1.2.91mdk.ppc.rpm
d70c959f5dfb21a1355f4c8c4c1a9018 ppc/9.1/SRPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.91mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 9.2:
69257661346be059e107541518218a4a 9.2/RPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.92mdk.i586.rpm
3515ecf21184675e408efea850f52496 9.2/RPMS/gaim-encrypt-0.75-1.2.92mdk.i586.rpm
cd7f6cbbc51c067acf47627205c4dec0 9.2/RPMS/gaim-festival-0.75-1.2.92mdk.i586.rpm
b447c9bfc57094fc5dd6975081116206 9.2/RPMS/gaim-perl-0.75-1.2.92mdk.i586.rpm
1cdfc07985459450bd975200e28187e9 9.2/RPMS/libgaim-remote0-0.75-1.2.92mdk.i586.rpm
89148396ca8ff99fd9506c3b11a7a234 9.2/RPMS/libgaim-remote0-devel-0.75-1.2.92mdk.i586.rpm
c39243dd385df5cfae216ff267c49b47 9.2/SRPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.92mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 9.2/AMD64:
1e46400d80751bba2e517503c38974ff amd64/9.2/RPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.92mdk.amd64.rpm
64f2b908bf9be92b5a4fa6fd117367c3 amd64/9.2/RPMS/gaim-encrypt-0.75-1.2.92mdk.amd64.rpm
d9ec141a067d8835c33f1d82c236f35c amd64/9.2/RPMS/gaim-festival-0.75-1.2.92mdk.amd64.rpm
fba788fcbe677074e0899ebbe017c162 amd64/9.2/RPMS/gaim-perl-0.75-1.2.92mdk.amd64.rpm
e32bf874739ead51ff3a9b247a7f1003 amd64/9.2/RPMS/lib64gaim-remote0-0.75-1.2.92mdk.amd64.rpm
50337da8cf32c26f7faf020d3fb46b77 amd64/9.2/RPMS/lib64gaim-remote0-devel-0.75-1.2.92mdk.amd64.rpm
c39243dd385df5cfae216ff267c49b47 amd64/9.2/SRPMS/gaim-0.75-1.2.92mdk.src.rpm

To upgrade automatically use MandrakeUpdate or urpmi. The verification of md5 checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

A list of FTP mirrors can be obtained from:

All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security. You can obtain the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team by executing:

gpg --recv-keys --keyserver 0x22458A98

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to update.

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 visiting:

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

Type Bits/KeyID Date User ID
pub 1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team <security>