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VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200707-12 / vlc
Release Date July 28, 2007
Latest Revision July 28, 2007: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-video/vlc < 0.8.6c >= 0.8.6c All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #182389


A vulnerability has been discovered in VLC media player, allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


VLC media player is a multimedia player for various audio and video formats.


David Thiel from iSEC Partners Inc. discovered format string errors in various plugins when parsing data. The affected plugins include Vorbis, Theora, CDDA and SAP.


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted media file, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running VLC media player.

3.  Resolution Information


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-0.8.6c"

4.  References


Page updated July 28, 2007

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