Microsoft Windows Media Player PNG buffer overflow

win-png-bo (19096) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Microsoft Windows Media Player is a multimedia player for many formats of music and video files. Windows Media Player version 9 (when running on Windows 2000, Windows XP SP1 and SP2, or Windows Server 2003), Microsoft MSN Messenger 6.1 and 6.2, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE and Windows ME are vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by improper handling of PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files. By creating a PNG file containing a large width or height value, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system, once the malicious PNG file is opened.


Gain Access


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed in the latest Microsoft Security Bulletin. See References.

— OR —

Use Microsoft Automatic Update if it is supported by your operating system. The original bulletin issued by Microsoft has been superseded.


Platforms Affected:

  • Microsoft MSN Messenger 6.1
  • Microsoft MSN Messenger 6.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 9
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP1


Feb 08, 2005

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