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                     ESB-2002.507 -- RHSA-2002:189-08
                Updated gaim client fixes URL vulnerability
                             16 September 2002


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                gaim
Vendor:                 Red Hat
Operating System:       Red Hat Linux 7.1
                        Red Hat Linux 7.2
                        Red Hat Linux 7.3
Platform:               Alpha
Impact:                 Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access Required:        Remote

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                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated gaim client fixes URL vulnerability
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2002:189-08
Issue date:        2002-08-27
Updated on:        2002-09-09
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          gaim jabber irc
Cross references:  
Obsoletes:         RHSA-2002:098
CVE Names:         CAN-2002-0989
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1. Topic:

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.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - alpha, i386, ia64
Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, ia64
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386

3. Problem description:

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.

4. Solution:

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.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

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

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 7.1:





Red Hat Linux 7.2:




Red Hat Linux 7.3:



7. Verification:

MD5 sum                          Package Name
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0002e932420cb64588f5e711797e46be 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.1.src.rpm
106eb33125133f394b08ed72f7c30972 7.1/en/os/alpha/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.1.alpha.rpm
473264fa5149a9d39e1f5f7927646f78 7.1/en/os/i386/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.1.i386.rpm
e0c1cefbf8bf3536d1eedbdcda3dbf56 7.1/en/os/ia64/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.1.ia64.rpm
4e884de1cf2b81cc2c3a7e089daf9175 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.2.src.rpm
1799671a6b0a84a092f99e2952420baa 7.2/en/os/i386/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.2.i386.rpm
1bd079f56248badd3ec66c041fdde0df 7.2/en/os/ia64/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.2.ia64.rpm
474497f4d62662d4d37afa5d9acde99e 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.3.src.rpm
b49e9b07d9e449221bd210e5a6bd9474 7.3/en/os/i386/gaim-0.59.1-0.7.3.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  <filename>

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg <filename>

8. References:


Copyright(c) 2000, 2001, 2002 Red Hat, Inc.

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