'Highly critical' vulnerabilities in VLC media player

Summary:A pair of "highly critical" vulnerabilities in the cross-platform VLC Media Player could put millions of users at risk of remote code execution attacks, according to a warning from security researchers.The issues, reported in versions 0.

Critical vulnerabilities in VLC media player
A pair of "highly critical" vulnerabilities in the cross-platform VLC Media Player could put millions of users at risk of remote code execution attacks, according to a warning from security researchers.

The issues, reported in versions 0.5.0 through 0.9.5, could let hackers take complete control of compromised machines through rigged media files. VideoLAN, the open-source group that manages the VLC project, has released patches and strongly recommends that users upgrade to VLC media player 0.9.6.

Technical details:

  • An error in the CUE demuxer can be exploited to cause a stack-based buffer overflow via a specially crafted CUE image file.
  • An error in the RealText demuxer can be exploited to cause a stack-based buffer overflow via a specially crafted RealText subtitle file.

Exploitation of this issue requires the user to explicitly open a specially crafted file.  As with any media player, the standard advice is to avoid from opening files from untrusted third parties or accessing untrusted remote sites.

Topics: Security, Hardware, Mobility

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Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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