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AUSCERT Security Bulletin
Vulnerability in pidgin may cause a crash
10 January 2011
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: pidgin 2.7.8 and prior
Operating System: Windows
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2010-4528
Member content until: Wednesday, February 9 2011
A new version of pidgin, a multi-protocol messenging client, has been
One security issue has been corrected which affects the MSN protocol
handler of pidgin.
Pidgin may "crash when receiving short packets related to P2Pv2
Upgrade to pidgin 2.7.9 to correct this issue. We expect vendors
who include this in their repository to include this update soon.
 ChangeLog: Pidgin and Finch
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