KDE Security Advisory: Multiple vulnerabilities in Konversation
Original Release Date: 20050121
1. Systems affected:
All Konversation versions up to and including 0.15
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Konversation,
an IRC client for KDE.
A flaw in the expansion of %-escaped variables makes that %-escaped
variables in certain input strings will be inadvertently expanded
too. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.or=
has assigned the name CAN-2005-0129 to this issue.
Several perl scripts included with Konversation fail to properly
handle command line arguments causing a command line injection
vulnerability. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
(cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0130 to this issue.
Nick and password are confused in the quick connection dialog,=20
so connecting with that dialog and filling in a password, would
use that password as nick, and may inadvertently expose the
password to others. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
(cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0131 to this issue.
A user might be tricked to join a channel with a specially crafted
channel name containing shell commands. If user runs a script in
that channel it will result in an arbitrary command execution.
If quick connect is used with a password, the password is used as
nickname instead. As a result the password may be exposed to others.
Upgrade to Konversation 0.15.1 available from
A patch for Konversation 0.15 is available from
6. Time line and credits:
18/01/2005 Konversation developers informed by Wouter Coekaerts
19/01/2005 Patches applied to KDE CVS.
19/01/2005 Konversation 0.15.1 released.
21/01/2005 KDE Security Advisory released.
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