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VLC: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200809-06 / vlc
Release Date September 07, 2008
Latest Revision September 07, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-video/vlc < 0.8.6i-r2 >= 0.8.6i-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #235238, #235589


Two vulnerabilities in VLC may lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


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


g_ reported the following vulnerabilities:

  • An integer overflow leading to a heap-based buffer overflow in the Open() function in modules/demux/tta.c (CVE-2008-3732).
  • A signedness error leading to a stack-based buffer overflow in the mms_ReceiveCommand() function in modules/access/mms/mmstu.c (CVE-2008-3794).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted 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 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-r2"

4.  References


Page updated September 07, 2008

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