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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20130724

VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow

Date Disclosed:

Date Patched:
9/26/2013 for VLC 2.1.0, 11/5/2013 for VLC 2.0.9


Affected Software:
VLC 2.0.8 and possibly earlier versions

VLC contains a library, libmodplug, that is susceptible to a buffer overflow caused by parsing specially crafted ABC music files. Successful exploitation may result in arbitrary remote code execution.


Code Execution:

Remote Code Execution
This client-side vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain the ability to execute remote arbitrary code with the same permissions as the user that is currently logged in. If the user is an administrator, the attacker could install malicious software and further compromise the system.

Avoid opening untrusted ABC files with VLC. 

BeyondTrust's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.

  • 30182 - VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow (20130724) - Windows
  • 30183 - VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow (20130724) - UNIX/Linux
  • 30184 - VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow (20130724) - Mac OS X


2013-7-24 - Public disclosure released.
2013-9-26 - VLC releases fix in VLC 2.1.0
2013-11-05 - VLC releases fix in VLC 2.0.9 for users who cannot upgrade to 2.1.0

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