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April 22nd, 2008

ICQ 6 Personal Status Processing Vulnerability

A new vulnerability in ICQ can be exploited by malicious people to compromise another user’s system. The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error when processing “Personal Statuses” set via the “Personal Status Manager” menu. This can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow by creating a specially crafted personal status and e.g. sending a message to another user.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is reported in version 6 build 6043. Other versions may also be affected.

The vendor has reportedly issued a fix via automatic updates.

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