Check Point Advisories

VideoLAN VLC ReadRealIndex RealMedia Integer Overflow (CVE-2008-5276)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-381
Date Published: 30 Sep 2009
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: Wednesday 12 December, 2018
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-5276
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description There exists a vulnerability in VideoLAN VLC Media Player. The vulnerability is caused due to an integer overflow when playing a specially crafted RealMedia (.rm) file. An unauthenticated remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by enticing a user to play a specially crafted RealMedia file. Successful exploitation would cause a heap buffer overflow allowing the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the currently logged on user. In an attack case where code injection is not successful, VideoLAN VLC client application will terminate unexpectedly. In a more sophisticated attack scenario where code injection is successful, the behaviour of the target host is entirely dependent on the intended function of the injected code. The code in such a case would execute within the security context of the current user. The affected application would also most likely stop functioning as a result of such an attack.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R75 / R71 / R70

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the VideoLAN VLC ReadRealIndex RealMedia Integer Overflow protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Media Player Enforcement Violation.
Attack Information:  VideoLAN VLC ReadRealIndex RealMedia Integer Overflow

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