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VLC Media Player Subtitle Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (Mac OS X)

Information

Severity

Severity

Medium

Family

Family

Buffer overflow

CVSSv2 Base

CVSSv2 Base

6.8

CVSSv2 Vector

CVSSv2 Vector

AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Solution Type

Solution Type

Vendor Patch

Created

Created

5 years ago

Modified

Modified

4 years ago

Summary

The host is installed with VLC media player and is prone to heap overflow vulnerability.

Insight

Insight

The flaw exists due to the poor state of security in the way media player process subtitle files and the large number of subtitle formats. There are over 25 subtitle formats in use, each with unique features and capabilities. Media player often need to parse together multiple subtitle formats to ensure coverage and provide a better user experience. Like other, similar situations which involve fragmented software, this results in numerous distinct vulnerabilities.

Affected Software

Affected Software

VideoLAN VLC media player before 2.2.5.1 on Mac OS X.

Detection Method

Detection Method

Checks if a vulnerable version is present on the target host.

Solution

Solution

Upgrade to VideoLAN VLC media player version 2.2.5.1 or later.

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)