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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200701-20

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200701-20
Posted Jan 24, 2007
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200701-20 - When interfacing with the LiveJournal service, Centericq does not appropriately allocate memory for incoming data, in some cases creating a buffer overflow. Versions less than or equal to 4.21.0-r2 are affected.

tags | advisory, overflow
systems | linux, gentoo
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 200701-20

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Severity: Normal
Title: Centericq: Remote buffer overflow in LiveJournal handling
Date: January 24, 2007
Bugs: #160793
ID: 200701-20

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Synopsis
========

Centericq does not properly handle communications with the LiveJournal
service, allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

Background
==========

Centericq is a text mode menu-driven and window-driven instant
messaging interface.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-im/centericq <= 4.21.0-r2 Vulnerable!
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NOTE: Certain packages are still vulnerable. Users should migrate
to another package if one is available or wait for the
existing packages to be marked stable by their
architecture maintainers.

Description
===========

When interfacing with the LiveJournal service, Centericq does not
appropriately allocate memory for incoming data, in some cases creating
a buffer overflow.

Impact
======

An attacker could entice a user to connect to an unofficial LiveJournal
server causing Centericq to read specially crafted data from the
server, which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code with the
rights of the user running Centericq.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

Currently, Centericq is unmaintained. As such, Centericq has been
masked in Portage until it is again maintained.

# emerge --ask --verbose --unmerge "net-im/centericq"

References
==========

[ 1 ] CVE-2007-0160
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-0160

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200701-20.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
=======

Copyright 2007 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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