VLC: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200807-13

Multiple vulnerabilities in VLC may allow for the execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

media-video/vlc on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.8.6i
Unaffected versions >= 0.8.6i

Background

VLC is a cross-platform media player and streaming server.

Description

  • Remi Denis-Courmont reported that VLC loads plugins from the current working directory in an unsafe manner (CVE-2008-2147).
  • Alin Rad Pop (Secunia Research) reported an integer overflow error in the Open() function in the file modules/demux/wav.c (CVE-2008-2430).

Impact

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted .wav file, and a local attacker could entice a user to run VLC from a directory containing specially crafted modules, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All VLC users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/vlc-0.8.6i"

References

Release Date
July 31, 2008

Latest Revision
July 31, 2008: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local, remote

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