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RHSA-2004-604: gaim Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the gaim packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

An updated gaim package that fixes security issues, fixes various bugs, and
includes various enhancements for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is now

The gaim application is a multi-protocol instant messaging client.

A buffer overflow has been discovered in the MSN protocol handler. When
receiving unexpected sequence of MSNSLP messages, it is possible that an
attacker could cause an internal buffer overflow, leading to a crash or
possible code execution. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
( has assigned the name CVE-2004-0891 to this issue.

This updated gaim package also fixes multiple user interface, protocol, and
error handling problems, including an ICQ communication encoding issue.

Additionally, these updated packages have compiled gaim as a PIE (position
independent executable) for added protection against future security

All users of gaim should upgrade to this updated package, which includes
various bug fixes, as well as a backported security patch.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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