USN-3527-1: Irssi vulnerabilities

10 January 2018

Several security issues were fixed in Irssi.

Releases

Packages

  • irssi - terminal based IRC client

Details

Joseph Bisch discovered that Irssi incorrectly handled incomplete escape
codes. If a user were tricked into using malformed commands or opening
malformed files, an attacker could use this issue to cause Irssi to crash,
resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2018-5205)

Joseph Bisch discovered that Irssi incorrectly handled settings the channel
topic without specifying a sender. A malicious IRC server could use this
issue to cause Irssi to crash, resulting in a denial of service.
(CVE-2018-5206)

Joseph Bisch discovered that Irssi incorrectly handled incomplete variable
arguments. If a user were tricked into using malformed commands or opening
malformed files, an attacker could use this issue to cause Irssi to crash,
resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2018-5207)

Joseph Bisch discovered that Irssi incorrectly handled completing certain
strings. An attacker could use this issue to cause Irssi to crash,
resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.
(CVE-2018-5208)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.10
Ubuntu 17.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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