USN-2216-1: Pidgin vulnerability

21 May 2014

pidgin vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Pidgin could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description

  • pidgin - graphical multi-protocol instant messaging client for X


It was discovered that Pidgin incorrectly handled certain messages from Gadu-Gadu file relay servers. A malicious remote server or a man in the middle could use this issue to cause Pidgin to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libpurple0 - 1:2.10.9-0ubuntu3.1
pidgin - 1:2.10.9-0ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 13.10
libpurple0 - 1:2.10.7-0ubuntu4.
pidgin - 1:2.10.7-0ubuntu4.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libpurple0 - 1:2.10.3-0ubuntu1.5
pidgin - 1:2.10.3-0ubuntu1.5

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart Pidgin to make all the necessary changes.