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RealPlayer, Helix Player: Buffer overflow vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200504-21 / RealPlayer
Release Date April 22, 2005
Latest Revision April 22, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-video/realplayer < 10.0.4 >= 10.0.4 All supported architectures
media-video/helixplayer < 1.0.4 >= 1.0.4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #89862


RealPlayer and Helix Player are vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could lead to remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


RealPlayer is a multimedia player capable of handling multiple multimedia file formats. Helix Player is the Open Source version of RealPlayer.


Piotr Bania has discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in RealPlayer and Helix Player when processing malicious RAM files.


By enticing a user to play a specially crafted RAM file an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All RealPlayer users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/realplayer-10.0.4"

All Helix Player users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/helixplayer-1.0.4"

4.  References


Page updated April 22, 2005

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