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VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities



VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities
VLC media player: Format string vulnerabilities




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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      < 0.8.6c                           >= 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
=====
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 ">=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?
========
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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