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iDEFENSE Security Advisory 12.16.04: MPlayer Bitmap Parsing Remote Heap Overflow Vulnerability
From: iDEFENSE Security Advisory <customerservice () idefense com>
Date: 16 Dec 2004 13:49:31 -0500
MPlayer Bitmap Parsing Remote Heap Overflow Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 12.16.04
December 16, 2004
MPlayer is a movie player for Linux that also runs on many other Unices,
and non- x86 CPUs. It plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO,
ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA
files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can
watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and other formats.
More information is available at http://mplayerhq.hu/.
Remote exploitation of a heap overflow vulnerability in Unix MPlayer
could allow attackers to gain access to the computer.
The vulnerability specifically exists due to a lack of bounds checking
within the demux_open_bmp() routine defined in /libmpdemux/demux_bmp.c.
If a specially crafted file specifies a large value for the "biClrUsed"
field, an overflow is triggered in stream_read().
The vulnerable portion of code is displayed here:
demuxer_t* demux_open_bmp(demuxer_t* demuxer)
sh_video_t *sh_video = NULL;
unsigned int filesize;
unsigned int data_offset;
sh_video->bih->biClrUsed = stream_read_dword_le(demuxer->stream);
sh_video->bih->biClrImportant = stream_read_dword_le(demuxer->stream);
// fetch the palette
[!] stream_read(demuxer->stream, (unsigned char *)(sh_video->bih) + 40,
sh_video->bih->biClrUsed * 4);
In the given example call to stream_read(), an unchecked amount of data
as specified by "biClrUsed" will be read into the fixed size buffer
"bih." This allows control of execution by overwriting the saved return
address on the stack.
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows remote attackers to
execute arbitrary code under the privileges of the user who attempted to
view the bitmap file. Exploitation is not trivial, as a high level of
precision is required. It is not a requirement for the malicious file to
have an extension of .bmp because MPlayer will correctly determine if it
is a bitmap file despite its extension.
iDEFENSE has confirmed that MPlayer version 1.0pre5 is vulnerable.
The following distributions of Linux include MPlayer:
Users must be careful when accepting and opening media from untrusted
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
A patch to address this vulnerability is available at:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
12/10/2004 Initial vendor notification
12/16/2004 Public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
Get paid for vulnerability research
X. LEGAL NOTICES
Copyright © 2004 iDEFENSE, Inc.
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There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
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