MPlayer: Heap overflow in ad_pcm.c — GLSA 200509-01

A heap overflow in MPlayer might lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

media-video/mplayer on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.0_pre7-r1
Unaffected versions >= 1.0_pre7-r1

Background

MPlayer is a media player capable of handling multiple multimedia file formats.

Description

Sven Tantau discovered a heap overflow in the code handling the strf chunk of PCM audio streams.

Impact

An attacker could craft a malicious video or audio file which, when opened using MPlayer, would end up executing arbitrary code on the victim's computer with the permissions of the user running MPlayer.

Workaround

You can mitigate the issue by adding "ac=-pcm," to your MPlayer configuration file (note that this will prevent you from playing uncompressed audio).

Resolution

All MPlayer users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/mplayer-1.0_pre7-r1"

References

Release Date
September 01, 2005

Latest Revision
September 01, 2005: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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