USN-2216-1: Pidgin vulnerability

21 May 2014

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



  • 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
Ubuntu 13.10
Ubuntu 12.04

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


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