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xine-lib: Format string vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200510-08 / xine-lib
Release Date October 08, 2005
Latest Revision October 08, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-libs/xine-lib < 1.1.0-r5 >= 1.1.0-r5, revision >= 1.0.1-r4, revision >= 1_rc8-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #107854


xine-lib contains a format string error in CDDB response handling that may be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


xine-lib is a multimedia library which can be utilized to create multimedia frontends. It includes functions to retrieve information about audio CD contents from public CDDB servers.


Ulf Harnhammar discovered a format string bug in the routines handling CDDB server response contents.


An attacker could submit malicious information about an audio CD to a public CDDB server (or impersonate a public CDDB server). When the victim plays this CD on a multimedia frontend relying on xine-lib, it could end up executing arbitrary code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All xine-lib users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose media-libs/xine-lib

4.  References


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