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VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow
9/26/2013 for VLC 2.1.0, 11/5/2013 for VLC 2.0.9
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.
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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