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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2010-0423

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.
Publish Date : 2010-02-24 Last Update Date : 2017-09-19
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact None (There is no impact to the confidentiality of the system.)
Integrity Impact None (There is no impact to the integrity of the system)
Availability Impact Partial (There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.)
Access Complexity Low (Specialized access conditions or extenuating circumstances do not exist. Very little knowledge or skill is required to exploit. )
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s) Denial Of Service
CWE ID 399

- Vendor Statements

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 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.
Source: Redhat

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat low
AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P 2010-02-12 2010-02-18
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2010-0423 unix
DSA-2038 pidgin -- several vulnerabilities oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6637 unix
DSA-2038-1 pidgin -- several oval:org.mitre.oval:def:13098 unix
DSA-2038-2 pidgin -- several oval:org.mitre.oval:def:13498 unix
DSA-2038-3 pidgin -- several oval:org.mitre.oval:def:13590 unix
ELSA-2010:0115: pidgin security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:22985 unix
gtkimhtml.c in Pidgin before 2.6.6 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption and application... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9842 unix
gtkimhtml.c in Pidgin before 2.6.6 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption and application... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:17554 windows
RHSA-2010:0115: pidgin security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:21886 unix
RHSA-2010:0115: pidgin security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20100115 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2010-0423

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Pidgin Pidgin * * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.0.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.0.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.0.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.1.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.1.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.2.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.2.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.2.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.3.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.3.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.4.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.4.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.4.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
15 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.4.3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
16 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
17 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
18 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
19 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
20 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.4 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
21 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.5 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
22 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.6 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
23 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.7 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
24 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.8 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
25 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.5.9 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
26 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.6.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
27 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.6.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
28 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.6.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
29 Application Pidgin Pidgin 2.6.4 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Pidgin Pidgin 29

- References For CVE-2010-0423
VUPEN ADV-2010-0914
SUSE SUSE-SR:2010:006
VUPEN ADV-2010-0413
OSVDB 62440
BID 38294 Pidgin Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities Release Date:2010-11-15
REDHAT RHSA-2010:0115
VUPEN ADV-2010-1020
XF pidgin-smileys-dos(56394)
OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:9842
OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:17554

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2010-0423

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