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Category:   Application (Instant Messaging/IRC/Chat)  >   Trillian Vendors:   Cerulean Studios
Trillian Bug in Processing IMG SRC ID Tag Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021334
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-5402   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Dec 10 2008
Original Entry Date:  Dec 5 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Trillian. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.

A remote user can send a specially crafted IMG SRC ID XML tag to trigger a memory corruption error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The vendor was notified on November 10, 2008.

Damian Put reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (

The vendor's advisory is 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-08-078: Trillian IMG SRC ID Memory Corruption

ZDI-08-078: Trillian IMG SRC ID Memory Corruption Vulnerability
December 4, 2008

-- Affected Vendors:
Cerulean Studios

-- Affected Products:
Cerulean Studios Trillian

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

The specific flaw exists within the XML processing code for Trillian.
When parsing specially formulated xml, the application will corrupt an
internal data structure. Whilst deallocating this data structure, the
application can be tricked into freeing a single allocated chunk
multiple times, which can potentially lead to code execution.

-- Vendor Response:
Trillian has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2008-11-10 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2008-12-04 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
    * Damian Put

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