RealPlayer and Helix Player are vulnerable to a format string vulnerability resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.
|Package||media-video/realplayer on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 10.0.6|
|Unaffected versions||>= 10.0.6|
|Package||media-video/helixplayer on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 1.0.6|
RealPlayer is a multimedia player capable of handling multiple multimedia file formats. Helix Player is an open source media player for Linux.
"c0ntex" reported that RealPlayer and Helix Player suffer from a heap overflow.
By enticing a user to play a specially crafted realpix (.rp) or realtext (.rt) file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All RealPlayer users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/realplayer-10.0.6"
Note to Helix Player users: There is currently no stable secure Helix Player package. Affected users should remove the package until an updated Helix Player package is released.
October 07, 2005
November 22, 2005: 02