VLC media player: Format string vulnerability
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200701-24 / vlc
||January 26, 2007
||January 26, 2007: 01
All supported architectures
VLC media player improperly handles format strings, allowing for the
execution of arbitrary code.
VLC media player is a multimedia player for various audio and video
Kevin Finisterre has discovered that when handling media locations,
various functions throughout VLC media player make improper use of
An attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted media
location or M3U file with VLC media player, and execute arbitrary code
on the system with the rights of the user running VLC media player.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All VLC media player users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/vlc-0.8.6-r1"