Summary : Buffer overflows in VLC RealText and CUE demuxers Date : November 2008 Affected versions : VLC media player 0.9.5 down to 0.5.0 ID : VideoLAN-SA-0810 CVE reference : CVE-2008-5032, CVE-2008-5036
When parsing the header of an invalid CUE image file or an invalid RealText subtitle file, stack-based buffer overflows might occur.
If successful, a malicious third party could trigger execution of arbitrary code within the context of the VLC media player.
Exploitation of this issue requires the user to explicitly open a specially crafted file.
The user should refrain from opening files from untrusted third parties or accessing untrusted remote sites (or disable the VLC browser plugins), until the patch is applied.
Alternatively, the VCD and Subtitles plugins
can be removed manually from the VLC plugin installation directory.
However, this will prevent use of subtitle files
and Video CD altogether.
VLC media player 0.9.6 addresses this issue. Patches for older versions are available from the official VLC source code repository 0.9-bugfix branch.
These vulnerabilities were reported by Tobias Klein.