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VLC media player RealMedia Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability
VLC media player RealMedia Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability
VLC media player RealMedia Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability

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Advisory:               VLC media player RealMedia Processing Integer 
                        Overflow Vulnerability
Advisory ID:            TKADV2008-013
Revision:               1.0              
Release Date:           2008/11/30
Last Modified:          2008/11/30 
Date Reported:          2008/11/14
Author:                 Tobias Klein (tk at
Affected Software:      VLC media player < 0.9.7
Remotely Exploitable:   Yes
Locally Exploitable:    No 
Vendor URL: 
Vendor Status:          Vendor has released an updated version
CVE-ID:                 CVE-2008-5276
Patch development time: 16 days

=====================Vulnerability Details: 
The VLC media player contains an integer overflow vulnerability while 
parsing malformed RealMedia (.rm) files. The vulnerability leads to a heap 
overflow that can be exploited by a (remote) attacker to execute arbitrary 
code in the context of VLC media player.

=================Technical Details:
Source code file: modules\demux\real.c

891 static void ReadRealIndex( demux_t *p_demux )
892 {
900      uint32_t      i_index_count;
920 [1]  i_index_count = GetDWBE( &buffer[10] );
931 [2]  p_sys->p_index = 
932            (rm_index_t *)malloc( sizeof( rm_index_t ) * 
                                     (i_index_count+1) );
933      if( p_sys->p_index == NULL )
934          return;
936      memset(p_sys->p_index, 0, sizeof(rm_index_t) * (i_index_count+1));
938 [3]  for( i=0; is, buffer, 14 ) < 14 )
941             return ;
943 [7]     if( GetWBE( &buffer[0] ) != 0 )
944         {
945            msg_Dbg( p_demux, "Real Index: invaild version of index 
                                  entry %d ",
946                               GetWBE( &buffer[0] ) );
947            return;
948         }
950 [4]     p_sys->p_index[i].time_offset = GetDWBE( &buffer[2] );
951 [5]     p_sys->p_index[i].file_offset = GetDWBE( &buffer[6] );
952 [6]     p_sys->p_index[i].frame_index = GetDWBE( &buffer[10] );
953         msg_Dbg( p_demux, "Real Index: time %d file %d frame %d ",
954                        p_sys->p_index[i].time_offset,
955                        p_sys->p_index[i].file_offset,
956                        p_sys->p_index[i].frame_index );
958      }
959 }

[1] User supplied data from the RealMedia file gets copied into 
[2] The value of "i_index_count" is used to calculate the size of a heap 
    buffer. If the value of "i_index_count" is big enough (e.g. 0x15555555)
    an integer overflow occurs while calculating the size of the heap 
    buffer. As a consequence it is possible to allocate a small heap buffer
    by supplying a big value for "i_index_count".
[3] The value of "i_index_count" is used as a counter in this for() loop. 
[4] User controlled data from the RealMedia file gets copied into the 
    previously allocated heap buffer (see [2]). As "i" is used as an array 
    index and the for() loop is executed until "i 

  Revision 0.1 - Initial draft release to the vendor
  Revision 1.0 - Public release

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Copyright 2008 Tobias Klein. All rights reserved.

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