Critical Vulnerabilities in VLC Media Player Spotted and Patched
VideoLAN has addressed a critical double-free vulnerability in the VLC media player that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on target systems. This security loophole can be used to plant malware in the computer where the media player is being used.
The security flaws on versions 3.0.6 and earlier of the software can enable hackers to load types of video files that can execute arbitrary code. Tracked as CVE-2019-12874, the security flaw features a CVSS v3 score of 9.8. The bug resides in the zlib_decompress_extra function of the VLC media player and could be triggered during the parsing of a malformed MKV file type within the Matroska demuxer.
Discovered by Symeon Paraschoudis from Pen Test Partners, the issue allows a remote attacker to create a specially crafted file to trigger a double free in zlib_decompress_extra() (demux/mkv/utils.cpp). The vulnerability has been addressed with the release of VLC 3.0.7, which also fixes a high-severity heap buffer overflow, along with various other vulnerabilities. Tracked as CVE-2019-5439 and residing in the ReadFrame (demux/avi/avi.c) function, the buffer overflow could be exploited through a specially crafted .avi file. The bug was reported through HackerOne, as part of a bug bounty program run by the European Union. The issue is that the ReadFrame function uses a variable obtained directly from the file. Because no strict check is performed before the memory operation (memmove, memcpy), a buffer overflow could be triggered.
“If successful, a malicious third party could trigger either a crash of VLC or an arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the target user,” VideoLAN explains in an advisory detailing both security bugs.
To successfully exploit the vulnerabilities, an attacker would have to trick the user into explicitly opening a specially crafted file or stream. While ASLR and DEP help reduce exposure, they may be bypassed, the advisory reads.
A serious Vulnerability has been found in the current version of the VLC media player. It can allow an attacker to remotely view and alter data, as well as execute code, on affected systems. VideoLan is working on a fix to be incorporated into the next version of VLC, but there's no ETA.
Ref: NVD - CVE-2019-13615
CVE-2019-13615 Detail MODIFIED
This vulnerability has been modified since it was last analyzed by the NVD. It is awaiting reanalysis which may result in further changes to the information provided. Current Description
VideoLAN VLC media player 184.108.40.206 has a heap-based buffer over-read in mkv::demux_sys_t::FreeUnused() in modules/demux/mkv/demux.cpp when called from mkv::Open in modules/demux/mkv/mkv.cpp. Source: MITRE View Analysis Description Impact CVSS v3.0 Severity and Metrics:
Base Score: 9.8 CRITICAL Vector: AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H (V3 legend) Impact Score: 5.9 Exploitability Score: 3.9 Attack Vector (AV): Network Attack Complexity (AC): Low Privileges Required (PR): None User Interaction (UI): None Scope (S): Unchanged Confidentiality (C): High Integrity (I): High Availability (A): High CVSS v2.0 Severity and Metrics:
Base Score: 7.5 HIGH Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C/I/A) (V2 legend) Impact Subscore: 6.4 Exploitability Subscore: 10.0 Access Vector (AV): Network Access Complexity (AC): Low Authentication (AU): None Confidentiality (C): Partial Integrity (I): Partial Availability (A): Partial Additional Information:
Allows unauthorized disclosure of information
Allows unauthorized modification
Allows disruption of service