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USN-3031-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities

12 July 2016

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


Yves Younan discovered that Pidgin contained multiple issues in the MXit
protocol support. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Pidgin to
crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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