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<glsa id="200701-24">
<title>VLC media player: Format string vulnerability</title>
<synopsis>
VLC media player improperly handles format strings, allowing for the
execution of arbitrary code.
</synopsis>
<product type="ebuild">vlc</product>
<announced>January 26, 2007</announced>
<revised>January 26, 2007: 01</revised>
<bug>159845</bug>
<access>remote</access>
<affected>
<package name="media-video/vlc" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">0.8.6-r1</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">0.8.6-r1</vulnerable>
</package>
</affected>
<background>
<p>
VLC media player is a multimedia player for various audio and video
formats.
</p>
</background>
<description>
<p>
Kevin Finisterre has discovered that when handling media locations,
various functions throughout VLC media player make improper use of
format strings.
</p>
</description>
<impact type="normal">
<p>
An attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted media
location or M3U file with VLC media player, and execute arbitrary code
on the system with the rights of the user running VLC media player.
</p>
</impact>
<workaround>
<p>
There is no known workaround at this time.
</p>
</workaround>
<resolution>
<p>
All VLC media player users should upgrade to the latest version:
</p>
<code>
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose &quot;&gt;=media-video/vlc-0.8.6-r1&quot;</code>
</resolution>
<references>
<uri link="http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-0017">CVE-2007-0017</uri>
</references>
<metadata tag="requester" timestamp="Mon, 15 Jan 2007 23:30:46 +0000">
falco
</metadata>
<metadata tag="bugReady" timestamp="Tue, 16 Jan 2007 17:08:55 +0000">
falco
</metadata>
<metadata tag="submitter" timestamp="Thu, 18 Jan 2007 02:10:51 +0000">
shellsage
</metadata>
</glsa>