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gaim -- malicious smiley themes


The Gaim Security Issues page documents a problem with installing smiley themes from an untrusted source:

To install a new smiley theme, a user can drag a tarball from a graphical file manager, or a hypertext link to one from a web browser. When a tarball is dragged, Gaim executes a shell command to untar it. However, it does not escape the filename before sending it to the shell. Thus, a specially crafted filename could execute arbitrary commands if the user could be convinced to drag a file into the smiley theme selector.



portaudit: gaim -- malicious smiley themes

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