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iDefense Security Advisory 12.10.10: RealNetworks RealPlayer RealAudio Codec Memory Corruption Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 12.10.10
Dec 10, 2010
RealPlayer is RealNetworks's media player product used to render video
and other media. For more information, visit http://www.real.com/.
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in
RealNetworks, Inc.'s RealPlayer media player could allow attackers to
execute arbitrary code in the context of the targeted user.
The vulnerability specifically exists in the way RealPlayer handles
specially crafted RealMedia files using RealAudio codec.
When decoding an audio stream in a specially crafted RealMedia file,
RealPlayer uses a value from the file without properly validating it,
which leads to heap memory corruption and an exploitable condition.
Successful exploitation could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code
in the context of the currently logged-on user. To exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker must persuade a victim into using RealPlayer
to open a specially crafted media file. This could be accomplished by
either direct link or referenced from a website under the attacker's
control. An attacker could host a Web page containing a malformed file.
Upon visiting the malicious Web page, exploitation would occur and
execution of arbitrary code would be possible. Alternatively a
malicious media file could be attached within an e-mail file.
Windows RealPlayer SP 1.1.4 and prior; Mac RealPlayer 126.96.36.1999 and
prior; Linux RealPlayer 188.8.131.524 and prior are vulnerable.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
RealNetworks has released a patch which addresses this issue.
Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking
on the URLs shown.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2010-4387 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/12/2010 Initial Contact
05/12/2010 Initial Response
12/10/2010 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Omair.
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