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Centericq: Remote buffer overflow in LiveJournal handling



Centericq: Remote buffer overflow in LiveJournal handling
Centericq: Remote buffer overflow in LiveJournal handling




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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 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
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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
================
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package           /   Vulnerable   /                   Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  net-im/centericq     <= 4.21.0-r2                     Vulnerable!
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     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
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When interfacing with the LiveJournal service, Centericq does not
appropriately allocate memory for incoming data, in some cases creating
a buffer overflow.

Impact
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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
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There is no known workaround at this time.

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

Availability
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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?
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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
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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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