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CA-2002-16 Multiple Vulnerabilities in Yahoo! Messenger
release date: June 05, 2002
Last revised: --
revision history can be found at the end of this file.
Messenger version 5,0,0,1064 and prior for Microsoft
are multiple vulnerabilities in Yahoo! Messenger. Attackers that
are able to exploit these vulnerabilities may be able to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim user. We have not
seen active scanning for these vulnerabilities, nor have we received
any reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited, but users should
upgrade to version 5,0,0,1065 or later.
Messenger is a widely used program for communicating with other
users over the Internet. On May 27, 2002, a buffer overflow and a URL
validation vulnerability were discovered in the Yahoo! Messenger
client for Microsoft Windows. Details of each vulnerability follow:
- Yahoo! Messenger contains a buffer overflow in the URI
overflow occurs during the processing of the Yahoo!
Messenger URI handler (ymsgr:). This URI handler is installed at
the system level for applications that use the underlying operating
system when processesing URIs (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer,
Netscape Navigator 6, Microsoft Outlook, or the command shell). A
URI can be sent by another Yahoo! Messenger user in a message,
embedded in a web site, or sent in an HTML-renderable email
has been assigned as CAN-2002-0031 by the Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) group:
- Yahoo! Messenger "addview" function allows for the
automatic execution of malicious script contained in web pages
exists in the Yahoo! Messenger "addview" function
that permits a remote attacker to execute arbitrary script and HTML
in the Internet security zone of the local machine. The "addview"
function is only supposed to accept view information from Yahoo!
servers. However, an attacker can send malicious script and HTML to
the client using the Yahoo! URL redirection service. This script or
HTML is interpreted by the Yahoo! Messenger client and is displayed
in the client's web browser.
has been assigned as CAN-2002-0032 by the Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) group:
vulnerabilities were resolved in Yahoo! Messenger version
5,0,0,1065, released May 22, 2002; however, a bug in the distribution
server may have inadvertantly installed Yahoo! Messenger version
5,0,0,1036 on systems that downloaded Yahoo! Messenger after May 22,
2002. The bug in the distribution server has since been resolved.
2002, the following vulnerabilities were reported to
affect Yahoo! Messenger:
these vulnerabilities were resolved in Yahoo! Messenger version
5,0,0,1058, released February 25, 2002, or by server-side resolutions
around the same time.
attacker can execute arbitrary code with the privileges of
the victim user, cause a denial of service, or modify data in the
victim's buddy list.
to the latest version of Yahoo! Messenger
22, 2002, Yahoo! released a fixed version of Yahoo!
Messenger (5,0,0,1065) and began issuing a patch (5,0,0,1066) via
the AutoUpdater to address this issue. All users should upgrade to
version 5,0,0,1065 or later. Users with versions prior to
5,0,0,1066 that have "Auto Update" enabled will receive a
informing them that an upgrade is available. All users should
accept this upgrade.
who downloaded Yahoo! Messenger after May 22, 2002, should be
aware that a bug in the distribution server may have inadvertantly
installed Yahoo! Messenger version 5,0,0,1036, which is vulnerable
to all issues in this advisory. The bug in the distribution server
has since been resolved.
should upgrade and verify the version of Yahoo! Messenger by
selecting the "About Yahoo! Messenger..." option from the
a firewall and filtering
Messenger listens for peer-to-peer requests on port 5101/TCP
but users can implement a firewall to block inbound and outbound
access to port 5101/TCP. However, since Yahoo! Messenger URI's can
be embedded in a web site or email message, blocking requests to
and from port 5101/TCP is not a completely effective solution. Mail
and Internet filters should also be applied to filter the "ymsgr:"
URI handler from email messages and web sites.
A. - Vendor Information
contains information provided by vendors for this
advisory. When vendors report new information to the CERT/CC, we
update this section and note the changes in our revision history. If
particular vendor is not listed below, we have not received their
encourages users to upgrade to the latest version whenever
prompted by the AutoUpdater or regularly check for updated versions
of the client at http://messenger.yahoo.com.
Coordination Center thanks Scott Woodward
<email@example.com>, Phuong Nguyen <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Lang <email@example.com> for their discovery and analysis
vulnerabilities. We also thank Yahoo! for their assistance in
analyzing and responding to these issues.
can be directed to the author: Jason A. Rafail
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