Advisory Details

December 10th, 2010

RealNetworks RealPlayer RealPix Server Header Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-282
ZDI-CAN-911

CVE ID CVE-2010-4394
CVSS SCORE 9, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:C)
AFFECTED VENDORS RealNetworks
AFFECTED PRODUCTS RealPlayer
TREND MICRO CUSTOMER PROTECTION Trend Micro TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 10717. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS

This vulnerability allows remote 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 within RealPlayer's parsing of RealPix files. If such a file contains an image tag pointing to a remote server, the player will attempt to fetch the remote file. When parsing the response from the web server, the process blindly copies the contents of the Server header into a fixed length heap buffer. If an attacker provides a large enough string, critical pointers can be overwritten allowing for arbitrary code execution under the context of the user running the player.

VENDOR RESPONSE RealNetworks has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
http://service.real.com/realplayer/security/12102010_player/en/
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2010-09-24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2010-12-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT AbdulAziz Hariri
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