GLSA 200707-12 VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities
Posted on: 07/28/2007 11:20 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200707-12
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities
Date: July 28, 2007
Bugs: #182389
ID: 200707-12

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

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

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-video/vlc lt; 0.8.6c gt;= 0.8.6c

Description
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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.

Impact
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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.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All VLC media player users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=media-video/vlc-0.8.6c"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2007-3316
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-3316

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-200707-12.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 2007 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/2.5



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