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iDefense Security Advisory 03.31.10: RealNetworks Helix DNA Server RTSP Stack Buffer Overflow
iDefense Security Advisory 03.31.10
Mar 31, 2010
Helix DNA Server is software that can play audio and video media in
various formats and stream them over a network. It is intended as a
largely free and open source digital media framework that runs on
numerous operating systems. The Helix DNA Server can support various
formats including RealVideo, RealAudio, and MP3.
Remote exploitation of a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in
RealNetworks Inc.'s Helix DNA Server could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected service. <BR> <BR>
The Helix DNA Server contains a vulnerability that can be triggered by
an unauthenticated attacker. The vulnerability results due to the
parsing of a certain type of Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)
request specifying a large string. The vulnerable function may perform
a copy operation that results in the bounds of a stack buffer to be
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the affected service. In order to exploit
this vulnerability, an attacker needs to be able to create a TCP
connection to port 554 on the targeted server. No authentication is
Helix Server and Helix Mobile Server versions 12.x, 13.x and 14.x are
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds 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-2010-4596 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
11/17/2010 Initial Contact
12/03/2010 Initial Response
03/31/2010 Coordinated public disclosure.
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by defrost.
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