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ZDI-11-267: RealNetworks Realplayer MP3 ID3 tags Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
From: ZDI Disclosures <zdi-disclosures () tippingpoint com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:08:33 +0100

ZDI-11-267: RealNetworks Realplayer MP3 ID3 tags Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-11-267

August 16, 2011

-- CVE ID:
CVE-2011-2949

-- CVSS:
9, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:C)

-- Affected Vendors:
RealNetworks

-- Affected Products:
RealNetworks RealPlayer

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11363. 
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    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 the way RealPlayer handles ID3v2 Tags.
RealPlayer creates a fixed size buffer for certain tags and will then
populate them with the data from the file. It uses a call to
WideCharToMultiByte to convert the data, but fails to take into account
that converting a single wide char might result in more then two
multi-byte chars. This causes more data to be written into the fixed
buffer then anticipated resulting in a heap buffer overflow.

-- Vendor Response:
RealNetworks has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
http://service.real.com/realplayer/security/08162011_player/en/

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2011-04-01 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2011-08-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
    * Sean de Regge

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