USN-3031-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities

12 July 2016

pidgin vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • 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


Yves Younan discovered that Pidgin contained multiple issues in the MXit protocol support. A remote attacker 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 15.10
libpurple0 - 1:2.10.11-0ubuntu4.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libpurple0 - 1:2.10.9-0ubuntu3.3
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libpurple0 - 1:2.10.3-0ubuntu1.7

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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