AOL ICQ in hacker risk alert

A remotely exploitable buffer overflow glitch poses a risk for AOL ICQ users who have failed to apply a security fix, CERT warned yesterday.

It says attackers who are able to exploit the vulnerability may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim user.

An exploit is known to exist, but it is not believed to be widely distributed. Nor is there any evidence of crackers scanning the Internet in search of vulnerable machines.

Since ICQ is used by an estimated 122 million users, the vulnerability is still a concern.

The buffer overflow, which affects AOL Mirabilis ICQ Versions 2001A and prior, occurs during the processing of a Voice, Video & Games feature request message.

News source: The Reg

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