Some vulnerabilities have been reported in VLC Media Player, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges, and by malicious people to potentially compromise a user's system.
1) An input validation error exists in the processing of Speex headers.
2) The problem is that the application executes e.g. the "vlc_entry__0_8_6" symbol from libraries with a file name matching the "lib*_plugin.so" pattern, placed in the "modules" or "plugins" subdirectories of the current working directory. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary code with escalated privileges by tricking a user into playing a file placed in a directory containing specially crafted libraries.
The vulnerabilities are reported in version 0.8.6f. Other versions may also be affected.
Solution: Update to version 0.9.0 or later.
Provided and/or discovered by: 1) oCERT
2) Reported by courmisch in a VLC bug report.
Original Advisory: 1) http://www.ocert.org/advisories/ocert-2008-004.html
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