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Category:   Application (Instant Messaging/IRC/Chat)  >   Trillian Vendors:   Cerulean Studios
Trillian Stack Overflow in Processing X-MMS-IM-FORMAT Header Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020106
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2409   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 30 2008
Original Entry Date:  May 22 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to; Pro version
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Trillian. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send an X-MMS-IM-FORMAT header with specially crafted attribute values to the connected target user to trigger a stack overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The vendor was notified on May 5, 2008.

The original advisory is available at:

tw33k and n8 reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (, available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] ZDI-08-031: Trillian MSN MIME Header Stack-Based

ZDI-08-031: Trillian MSN MIME Header Stack-Based Overflow Vulnerability
May 21, 2008

-- Affected Vendors:
Cerulean Studios

-- Affected Products:
Cerulean Studios Trillian

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 6097. 
For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit:

-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Cerulean Studios Trillian Pro.
Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the header parsing code for the msn
protocol. When processing the X-MMS-IM-FORMAT header, certain attributes
are copied into a buffer located on the stack without any length
verification which can eventually lead to code execution with the
privileges of the user that is running the application.

-- Vendor Response:
Trillian v3.1.10.0 has been released to address these vulnerabilities 
and is available at

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2008-05-05 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2008-05-21 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
    * tw33k and n8

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