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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2010-0423

Original release date: 02/24/2010
Last revised: 11/02/2013


gtkimhtml.c in Pidgin before 2.6.6 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption and application hang) by sending many smileys in a (1) IM or (2) chat.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 5.0 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 10.0
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (02/25/2010)
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, this issue was addressed via https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0115.html We currently have no plans to fix this flaw in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 as the issue only causes Pidgin client to become unresponsive or crash.

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External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/ChangeLog
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=565792
External Source: XF
Name: pidgin-smileys-dos(56394)
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2010-0413
Type: Advisory; Patch Information
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2010:006
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2010:085
External Source: BID
Name: 38294
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2010-1934
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://pidgin.im/news/security/?id=45
Type: Advisory; Patch Information
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2010-1020
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:17554
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2010-0914
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-902-1
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9842
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-2038
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2010:041
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2010-1279
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2010:0115
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2010-1383

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9842
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)
  • Resource Management Errors (CWE-399)