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RealPlayer AVI Processing Overflow
eEye Advisory - EEYEB-200505 - RealPlayer AVI Processing Overflow

RealPlayer vidplin.dll AVI Processing Heap Overflow

Release Date:
June 23, 2005

Date Reported:
May 4, 2005

Patch Development Time (In Days): 36

High (Code Execution)


Systems Affected:
For Microsoft Windows

RealPlayer 10.5 (
RealPlayer 10
RealOne Player v2
RealOne Player v1
RealPlayer 8
RealPlayer Enterprise

eEye Digital Security has discovered a critical vulnerability in
RealPlayer. The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to reliably
overwrite heap memory with arbitrary data and execute arbitrary code in
the context of the user who executed the player.

This specific flaw exists within the vidplin.dll file used by
RealPlayer. By specially crafting a malformed .avi movie file, a direct
heap overwrite is triggered, and reliable code execution is then
possible.  This vulnerability can be trigger when a user views a
webpage, or opens an .avi file via email, instant messenger, or other
common file transfer programs.

Technical Details:
When processing AVI files RealPlayer calls upon a specific DLL,
vidplin.dll, where the vulnerability lies.  Realplayer relies
on a strf structure value and allocates a fixed memory space of 0x428
that can be overflowed with values greater than the fixed buffer size
causing arbitrary code to be executed.

Retina - Network Security Scanner - has been updated to identify this
Blink - End-point Vulnerability Prevention - protects from this

Vendor Status:
RealNetworks has released a patch for this vulnerability. 

Discovery: Flashsky

Related Links:
Retina Network Security Scanner - Free 15 Day Trial 

Blink End Point Vulnerability Prevention 

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