TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

RealNetworks RealPlayer Media Properties Header Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-268: December 10th, 2010


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of RealNetworks RealPlayer. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists when parsing a RealMedia file containing a malformed Media Properties Header (MDPR). The application explicitly trusts an index in this data structure which is used to seek into an array of objects. If an attacker can allocate controlled data at some point after this array, an attacker can then get their fabricated object to get called leading to code execution under the context of the current user.

Vendor Response

RealNetworks has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2009-02-24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-12-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Hossein Lotfi