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Secunia Research: RealPlayer "cook" Arbitrary Free Vulnerability

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                     Secunia Research 10/12/2010

         - RealPlayer "cook" Arbitrary Free Vulnerability -

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Vendor's Description of Software.....................................3
Description of Vulnerability.........................................4
Solution.............................................................5
Time Table...........................................................6
Credits..............................................................7
References...........................................................8
About Secunia........................................................9
Verification........................................................10

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1) Affected Software 

* RealPlayer SP 1.1.4
* RealPlayer Enterprise 2.1.2
* Mac RealPlayer 11.1
* Linux RealPlayer 11.0.2.1744

NOTE: Other versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where:  From remote

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3) Vendor's Description of Software 

"RealPlayer® SP lets you download video from thousands of Websites 
– free! Just click on the "download this video" button above the video 
you want. It's just that easy. Now you can watch your favorite videos 
anywhere, anytime."

Product Link:
http://www.real.com/realplayer/

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4) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in RealPlayer, which 
can be exploited by malicious people to potentially compromise a 
user's system.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the handling of errors 
encountered while decoding "cook" encoded audio content. This can be 
exploited to trigger the use of uninitialised memory and potentially 
free an arbitrary address.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

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5) Solution 

Update to RealPlayer SP 1.1.5, RealPlayer Enterprise 2.1.3, Mac 
RealPlayer 12.0.0.1444, and Linux RealPlayer 11.0.2.2315.

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6) Time Table 

26/02/2010 - Vendor notified.
01/03/2010 - Vendor response.
11/03/2010 - Vendor provides status update.
19/10/2010 - Vendor provides status update.
29/11/2010 - Vendor provides status update.
10/12/2010 - Public disclosure.

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7) Credits 

Discovered by Alin Rad Pop, Secunia Research.

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8) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
CVE-2010-2579 for the vulnerability.

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10) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2010-14/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
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