Check Point Advisories

VideoLAN VLC Media Player MP4_BoxDumpStructure Buffer Overflow

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2009-421
Date Published: 2 Feb 2010
Severity: Medium
Last Updated: Thursday 05 July, 2018
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description VLC Media Player is an open source multimedia player. It can play many audio and video formats as well as various streaming protocols. It is highly portable and available for multiple platforms. Support for various formats is implemented in the form of plugins bundled with the player as shared object or windows DLL files. A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in VideoLAN VLC media player. The vulnerability is due to an error when handling malformed media files. A malicious user can exploit this vulnerability by enticing a user to view a malicious file. Viewing the malicious file can lead to a buffer overflow. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability can lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the user. An unsuccessful code execution attempt can lead to abnormal termination of the vulnerable program.

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

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the VideoLAN VLC Media Player MP4_BoxDumpStructure Buffer 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 Media Player MP4_BoxDumpStructure buffer overflow

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