Security Advisory Updated gaim client fixes URL vulnerability

Advisory: RHSA-2002:189-08
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2002-08-27
Last updated on: 2002-09-09
Affected Products: Red Hat Linux 7.1
Red Hat Linux 7.2
Red Hat Linux 7.3
CVEs ( CVE-2002-0989


Updated gaim packages are now available for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, and
7.3. These updates fix a vulnerability in the URL handler.

Gaim is an all-in-one instant messaging client that lets you use a number of
messaging protocols such as AIM, ICQ, and Yahoo, all at once.

Versions of gaim prior to 0.59.1 contain a bug in the URL handler of
the manual browser option. A link can be carefully crafted to contain
an arbitrary shell script which will be executed if the user clicks on
the link.

Users of gaim should update to these errata packages containing gaim
0.59.1 which is not vulnerable to this issue.


Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only
those RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs
which are not installed but included in the list will not be updated.
Note that you can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory
*only* contains the desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.
Many people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat
Network, launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the
appropriate RPMs being upgraded on your system.

Updated packages

Red Hat Linux 7.1

Missing file
    MD5: 0002e932420cb64588f5e711797e46be
Missing file
    MD5: 106eb33125133f394b08ed72f7c30972
Missing file
    MD5: 473264fa5149a9d39e1f5f7927646f78
Missing file
    MD5: e0c1cefbf8bf3536d1eedbdcda3dbf56
Red Hat Linux 7.2

Missing file
    MD5: 4e884de1cf2b81cc2c3a7e089daf9175
Missing file
    MD5: 1799671a6b0a84a092f99e2952420baa
Missing file
    MD5: 1bd079f56248badd3ec66c041fdde0df
Red Hat Linux 7.3

Missing file
    MD5: 474497f4d62662d4d37afa5d9acde99e
Missing file
    MD5: b49e9b07d9e449221bd210e5a6bd9474

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

72728 - gaim 0.59.1 is released with important security and bug fixes



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