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VLC: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200807-13 / vlc
Release Date July 31, 2008
Latest Revision July 31, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local, remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-video/vlc < 0.8.6i >= 0.8.6i All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #221959, #230692


Multiple vulnerabilities in VLC may allow for the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


VLC is a cross-platform media player and streaming server.


  • Remi Denis-Courmont reported that VLC loads plugins from the current working directory in an unsafe manner (CVE-2008-2147).
  • Alin Rad Pop (Secunia Research) reported an integer overflow error in the Open() function in the file modules/demux/wav.c (CVE-2008-2430).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted .wav file, and a local attacker could entice a user to run VLC from a directory containing specially crafted modules, possibly resulting in the 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 VLC users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/vlc-0.8.6i"

4.  References


Page updated July 31, 2008

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