USN-85-1: Gaim vulnerabilities

26 February 2005

Gaim vulnerabilities



The Gaim developers discovered that the HTML parser did not
sufficiently validate its input. This allowed a remote attacker to
crash the Gaim client by sending certain malformed HTML messages.
(CAN-2005-0208, CAN-2005-0473)

Another lack of sufficient input validation was found in the "Oscar"
protocol handler which is used for ICQ and AIM. By sending specially
crafted packets, remote users could trigger an infinite loop in Gaim
which caused Gaim to become unresponsive and hang. (CAN-2005-0472)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 4.10
  • gaim -

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.