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Win32 binary codecs: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200803-08 / win32codecs
Release Date March 04, 2008
Latest Revision March 04, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-libs/win32codecs < 20071007-r2 >= 20071007-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #150288


Multiple vulnerabilities in the Win32 codecs for Linux may result in the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Win32 binary codecs provide support for video and audio playback.


Multiple buffer overflow, heap overflow, and integer overflow vulnerabilities were discovered in the Quicktime plugin when processing MOV, FLC, SGI, H.264 and FPX files.


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

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Win32 binary codecs users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-libs/win32codecs-20071007-r2"

Note: Since no updated binary versions have been released, the Quicktime libraries have been removed from the package. Please use the free alternative Quicktime implementations within VLC, MPlayer or Xine for playback.

4.  References


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