GLSA 200804-25 VLC: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 04/23/2008 07:55 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - VLC: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200804-25
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: VLC: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: April 23, 2008
Bugs: #214277, #214627
ID: 200804-25

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Synopsis
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Multiple vulnerabilities were found in VLC, allowing for the execution
of arbitrary code.

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

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

Description
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Multiple vulnerabilities were found in VLC:

* Luigi Auriemma discovered that the stack-based buffer overflow when
reading subtitles, which has been reported as CVE-2007-6681 in GLSA
200803-13, was not properly fixed (CVE-2008-1881).

* Alin Rad Pop of Secunia reported an array indexing vulnerability in
the sdpplin_parse() function when processing streams from RTSP
servers in Xine code, which is also used in VLC (CVE-2008-0073).

* Drew Yao and Nico Golde reported an integer overflow in the
MP4_ReadBox_rdrf() function in the file libmp4.c leading to a
heap-based buffer overflow when reading MP4 files (CVE-2008-1489).

* Drew Yao also reported integer overflows in the MP4 demuxer, the
Real demuxer and in the Cinepak codec, which might lead to buffer
overflows (CVE-2008-1768).

* Drew Yao finally discovered and a boundary error in Cinepak, which
might lead to memory corruption (CVE-2008-1769).

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted media
file or stream, possibly resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary
code.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All VLC users should upgrade to the latest version:

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

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2007-6681
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-6681
[ 2 ] CVE-2008-0073
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0073
[ 3 ] CVE-2008-1489
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1489
[ 4 ] CVE-2008-1768
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1768
[ 5 ] CVE-2008-1769
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1769
[ 6 ] CVE-2008-1881
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1881
[ 7 ] GLSA 200803-13
http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200803-13.xml

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-200804-25.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 2008 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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