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iDefense Security Advisory 06.18.07: Cerulean Studios Trillian UTF-8 Word Wrap Heap Overflow Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 17:36:26 -0400
Cerulean Studios Trillian UTF-8 Word Wrap Heap Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 06.18.07
Jun 18, 2007
Trillian is a multi-protocol chat application that supports IRC, ICQ,
AIM and MSN protocols. More information can be found on the vendor's
site at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of a heap overflow vulnerability in Cerulean Studios
Trillian Instant Messenger could allow attackers to execute arbitrary
code as the currently logged on user.
The vulnerability specifically exists due to improper handling of UTF-8
sequences. When word-wrapping UTF-8 text, the window width is
improperly used as a buffer size value. As such, heap corruption can
occur leading to a potentially exploitable condition.
Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow remote attackers to
execute arbitrary code with the credentials of the currently logged on
Exploitation occurs simply by viewing a malicious message that contains
a specially constructed UTF-8 string.
The MSN protocol is a known attack vector for this vulnerability.
However, exploitation could potentially occur using any supported
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Cerulean
Studios Trillian 126.96.36.199. Previous versions are suspected to be
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The Cerulean Studios team has addressed this vulnerability by releasing
version 188.8.131.52 of Trillian. More information is available at the
Cerulean Studios Blog via the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/04/2007 Initial vendor notification
05/04/2007 Initial vendor response
06/18/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by www.BlurredLogic.com.
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