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RealPlayer: Heap overflow vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200507-04 / realplayer
Release Date July 06, 2005
Latest Revision July 06, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-video/realplayer < 10.0.5 >= 10.0.5 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #96923


RealPlayer is vulnerable to a heap 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.


RealPlayer is vulnerable to a heap overflow when opening RealMedia files which make use of RealText.


By enticing a user to play a specially crafted RealMedia 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 available version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/realplayer-10.0.5"

4.  References


Page updated July 06, 2005

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