Advisory Details

November 28th, 2011

RealNetwork RealPlayer MPG Width Integer Underflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-11-331
ZDI-CAN-1294

CVE ID CVE-2011-4259
CVSS SCORE 7.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS RealNetworks
AFFECTED PRODUCTS RealPlayer
TIPPINGPOINT™ IPS CUSTOMER PROTECTION TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11474. 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 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 the way RealPlayer handles MPEG files. Realplayer parses the mpg file by doing a do while loop where it uses the width of the movie for the loop condition. However, it will substracts 1 from the width for every iteration of the loop and then compare it to 0. If the width of the movie was zero at the beginning the loop will run 0xFFFFFFFF times. This results in a memory corruption that can lead to remote 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:
http://service.real.com/realplayer/security/11182011_player/en/
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2011-08-22 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2011-11-28 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Luigi Auriemma
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