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VLC Vulnerability HTML and code

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#1 czarboom


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:41 AM

VLC has a HTML and other code issues.
Reported by Security Focus
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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:43 PM

The current version of the VLC player is 2.1.3 (Rincewind) which is not on that list.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:45 AM

is this vulnerability eliminated by disabling vlc plugins in the browser? or can you be attacked just by playing offline video files (as stored on dvd or harddrive) through vlc?

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 05:03 PM


it seems that the vulnerability is from 2012/2013. The report linked says:

Versions prior to VLC Media Player 2.0.5 are vulnerable.

So if you have any more recent VLC version you're fine.

Given the title of the vulnerability (and not much more since there's no documentation on it), it's more likely to be a problem with subtitles. These are usually stored in files ending in .srt and use a html-like formatting.
If you execute such a file with an old version of VLC another exectuable might be launched. Though, from the report no abuse of this vulnerability has been reported yet.


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