Two vulnerabilities have been discovered in Helix Player, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.
1) A format string error exists when displaying the invalid-handle error message. This may be exploited to execute arbitrary code via a specially crafted ".rp" (RealPix) file that contains format-string specifiers in the "handle" attribute of the "image" tag. The ".rt" file format may also be affected.
2) A format string error exists when displaying the "missing XML tag end" error message. This may be exploited to execute arbitrary code via a specially crafted ".rp" file that contains format-string specifiers in the attributes of the "head" tag.
Successful exploitation requires that the user is e.g. tricking into opening or following a link to a malicious ".rp" file.
The vulnerabilities have been confirmed in Helix Player 220.127.116.117 (gold), and affects only the Linux/Unix platforms. Prior versions may also be affected.
Note: Exploit code for vulnerability #1 is publicly available.
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Subject: Helix Player Error Message Format String Vulnerabilities
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