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Gaim 1.3.1 fixes holes who allow evil people to remotely crash Gaim using the MSN and Yahoo networks

There is no reason to panic if you are using the Linux instant messaging program Gaim, but upgrading is worth the time and new packages are available for Windows and all major Linux distributions.

GAIM is sexy multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Windows, BSD and Linux. It allows you to talk to people using the AIM and ICQ (Oscar), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.

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Not the end of the world.

A carefully crafted MSN message can cause Gaim <=1.3.0 to crash. A special Yahoo file transfer request can do the same. Upgrading is a good idea if you for some strange reason have people who strongly dislike you and are using Yahoo or MSN in your contact list. Using previous version is not a major security threat, evil persons can do nothing worse than crash your Gaim program.

Upgrading is also a good idea if you want to use the KDE IM client kopete.

You need to use Kopete 0.10.1, Kopete 0.9.3 or later versions to use MSN with Kopete because of a denial of service attack by Microsoft Corporation (MSFT).

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