MPlayer header buffer overflow

mplayer-header-bo (15675) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


MPlayer is vulnerable to a buffer overflow. A remote attacker could send a specially-crafted HTTP header to overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system when the header is parsed.


Gain Access


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, available from the MPlayer Web site. See References.

For Gentoo Linux:
Upgrade to the latest verison of mplayer (1.0_pre2-r1 or 0.92-r1 or later), as listed in GLSA 200403-13. See References.

For Mandrake Linux:
Upgrade to the latest mplayer package, as listed below. Refer to MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2004:026 : mplayer for more information. See References.

Mandrake Linux 9.2: 0.91-8.2.92mdk or later
Mandrake Linux 10.0: 1.0-0.pre3.13.100mdk or later

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Tue Mar 30 2004 - 09:54:12 CST : MPlayer Security Advisory #002 - HTTP parsing vulnerability.
  • GLSA 200403-13: Remote buffer overflow in MPlayer.
  • BID-10008: MPlayer Remote HTTP Header Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
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  • CVE-2004-0386: Buffer overflow in the HTTP parser for MPlayer 1.0pre3 and earlier, 0.90, and 0.91 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long Location header.
  • GLSA-200403-13: Remote buffer overflow in MPlayer
  • MDKSA-2004:026: Updated mplayer packages fix remotely exploitable vulnerability
  • OSVDB ID: 4754: MPlayer HTTP Location Header Parsing Overflow
  • SA11259: MPlayer HTTP Location Header Parsing Heap Overflow Vulnerability
  • US-CERT VU#723910: MPlayer contains a buffer overflow in the HTTP parser

Platforms Affected:

  • Gentoo Linux
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 10.0
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.2
  • MPlayer MPlayer 0.90 pre
  • MPlayer MPlayer 0.90 rc
  • MPlayer MPlayer 0.90
  • MPlayer MPlayer 0.91
  • MPlayer MPlayer 1.0 pre2
  • MPlayer MPlayer 1.0 pre3
  • MPlayer MPlayer 1.0 pre1


Mar 30, 2004

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