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VLC Media Player HTML Subtitle Parsing Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities


Secunia ID

SA51692

CVE-ID

CVE-2013-1868

Release Date

28 Dec 2012

Last Change

19 Mar 2013

Criticality

Highly Critical

Solution Status

Vendor Patch

Software

VLC Media Player 2.x

Where

From remote

Impact
System access

This covers vulnerabilities where malicious people are able to gain system access and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of a local user.

Description

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in VLC Media Player, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

The vulnerabilities are caused due to errors when parsing HTML subtitles in modules/codec/subsdec.c and can be exploited to cause buffer overflows via a specially crafted subtitle file.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

The vulnerabilities are reported in versions prior to 2.0.5.

Solution

Update to version 2.0.5.

Reported by

The vendor credits Aliz Hammond.

Original Advisory

VideoLAN-SA-1301:
http://www.videolan.org/security/sa1301.html