GLSA 200504-21: RealPlayer, Helix Player: Buffer overflow
Posted on: 04/22/2005 01:19 PM

RealPlayer, Helix Player security updates are available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200504-21
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: RealPlayer, Helix Player: Buffer overflow vulnerability
Date: April 22, 2005
Bugs: #89862
ID: 200504-21

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Synopsis
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RealPlayer and Helix Player are vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could lead to remote execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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RealPlayer is a multimedia player capable of handling multiple multimedia file formats. Helix Player is the Open Source version of RealPlayer.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-video/realplayer lt; 10.0.4 gt;= 10.0.4
2 media-video/helixplayer lt; 1.0.4 gt;= 1.0.4
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2 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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Piotr Bania has discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in RealPlayer and Helix Player when processing malicious RAM files.

Impact
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By enticing a user to play a specially crafted RAM file an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All RealPlayer users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=media-video/realplayer-10.0.4"

All Helix Player users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=media-video/helixplayer-1.0.4"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-0755
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0755
[ 2 ] RealNetworks Advisory
http://service.real.com/help/faq/security/050419_player/EN/

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200504-21.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0


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