AlsaPlayer is vulnerable to multiple buffer overflows which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code.
|media-sound/alsaplayer on all architectures
AlsaPlayer is a heavily multithreaded PCM player that tries to utilize ALSA utilities and drivers. As of June 2004, the project is inactive.
AlsaPlayer contains three buffer overflows: in the function that handles the HTTP connections, the GTK interface, and the CDDB querying mechanism.
An attacker could exploit the first vulnerability by enticing a user to load a malicious URL resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running AlsaPlayer.
There is no known workaround at this time.
AlsaPlayer has been masked in Portage pending the resolution of these issues. AlsaPlayer users are advised to uninstall the package until further notice:
# emerge --ask --unmerge "media-sound/alsaplayer"
August 26, 2006
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