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[GLSA-200701-24] VLC media player: Format string vulnerability

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
VLC media player: Format string vulnerability

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200701-24
(VLC media player: Format string vulnerability)


Kevin Finisterre has discovered that when handling media locations,
various functions throughout VLC media player make improper use of
format strings.

Impact

A possible hacker 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.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

References:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-0017


Solution:
All VLC media player users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-video/vlc-0.8.6-r1"


Network Security Threat Level: Medium


Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2007 Michel Arboi

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