Version 2.10.1 of the Pidgin open source IM client was recently released, patching several security flaws.

"The maintenance and security update addresses a total of four denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker to cause the application to be terminated," The H Security reports.

"According to the developers, three of these issues were caused by incoming strings not being validated as UTF-8, while the fourth was due to a bug in the XMPP protocol plug-in that made it fail if certain required fields were missing in an incoming message," the article states.

Go to "Pidgin IM client 2.10.1 fixes crashing vulnerabilities" to read the details.

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