An updated gaim package that fixes security issues, fixes various bugs, and includes various enhancements for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is now avaliable.
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 (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-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 vulnerabilities. All users of gaim should upgrade to this updated package, which includes various bug fixes, as well as a backported security patch.