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2K, with RealPlayer Installed 100 % CPU utilization
From: "Adonis.No.Spam" <adonis1 () videotron ca>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 08:52:45 -0500

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Affected         : 2K, with RealPlayer Installed. I did not test XP     :
Type             : 100 % CPU utilization                                :
Date             : 28-02-2002                                           :
Author           : NtWaK0 @ www.SafeHack.com                            :
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experiments though it may be false. The opinions expressed in this      :
advisory and program are my own and NOT of any company.                 :
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Remember: Use a computer in ways that ensure respect for your fellows.  :
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 Brief History \                                                        :
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You are affected if you have RealPlayer installed on 2K and your        :
browser open MP3 file using RealPlayer.                                 :
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Test OS Applications <<<                                           :
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Tested on Windows 2K, XP with Realplayer Plys 8 Installed. Maybe other  :
versions of Realplayer are affected too. I do not have other versions   :
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 The Problem \                                                          :
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To see the problem do the following steps:                              :
1- Make sure you have Windows RealPlayer installed                      :
2- Make sure that .mp3 file will be opened using Realplayer. Normaly    :
   this is the default after you install Realplayer.                    :
3- Take any non .mp3 file say virus.exe rename it to virus.mp3          :
4- Create an HTML file that open test.mp3                               :
   <p><a href="test.mp3">test</a></p>                                   :
5- Put the files test.mp3 and test.html on your web server              :
6- Open http://www.yourwebserver.com/test.html                          :
7- HIT CTRL+DEL+ALT and check your CPU it should be 100 % if Realplayer :
   open.                                                                :
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I have a test page on www.safehack.com/testpage/test1.htm               :
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The problem is Realplayer will open and will try to connect and play    :
the NON valid mp3 file.                                                 :
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This issue does not happen if your default mp3 player is winamp or ohter:
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Another behavior I did notice id the html link point to  file.exe.mp3   :
<p><a href="test.exe.mp3">test</a></p> in this case Winamp will open    :
not Realplayer.                                                         :
I have a test page on www.safehack.com/testpage/test2.htm               :
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This test page will open Winamp even if your default is Realplayer      :
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 The Solution \                                                         :
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Don't Make Realplayer your default to open mp3 files                    :
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