Package : pidgin
Vulnerability : several
Problem type : remote
CVE Id(s) : CVE-2010-0420 CVE-2010-0423
Debian Bug : 566775 579601
The packages for Pidgin released as DSA 2038-1 had a regression, as they
unintentionally disabled the Zephyr instant messaging protocol. This
update restores Zephyr functionality. For reference the original
advisory text below.
Several remote vulnerabilities have been discovered in Pidgin, a multi
protocol instant messaging client. The Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures project identifies the following problems:
Crafted nicknames in the XMPP protocol can crash Pidgin remotely.
Remote contacts may send too many custom smilies, crashing Pidgin.
Since a few months, Microsoft's servers for MSN have changed the protocol,
making Pidgin non-functional for use with MSN. It is not feasible to port
these changes to the version of Pidgin in Debian Lenny. This update
formalises that situation by disabling the protocol in the client. Users
of the MSN protocol are advised to use the version of Pidgin in the
repositories of www.backports.org.
For the stable distribution (lenny), these problems have been fixed in
For the unstable distribution (sid), these problems have been fixed in
We recommend that you upgrade your pidgin package.
will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
will install the referenced file.
If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:
will update the internal database
will install corrected packages
You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias lenny