VLC search path code execution

vlc-searchpath-code-execution (42377) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

VLC could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by an error related to untrusted search paths. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a malicious library in the modules and plugins subdirectories from the current working directory to execute arbitrary code with privileges of the application.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 6.9
  Access Vector: Local
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Complete
  Integrity Impact: Complete
  Availability Impact: Complete
 
Temporal Score: 5.1
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of VLC (0.9.0 or later), available from the VideoLAN Web site. See References.

References:

  • VideoLan Commit page: git.videolan.org / vlc.git / commit.
  • VideoLAN Web site: VLC media player.
  • VLC Ticket #1578: VLC executes arbitrary plugins.
  • CVE-2008-2147: Untrusted search path vulnerability in VideoLAN VLC before 0.9.0 allows local users to execute arbitrary code via a malicious library under the modules/ or plugins/ subdirectories of the current working directory.
  • DSA-1819: vlc -- several vulnerabilities
  • GLSA-200807-13: VLC: Multiple vulnerabilities
  • OSVDB ID: 45187: VLC modules / plugins Subdirectory Search Path Subversion Local Privilege Escalation

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 4.0
  • Gentoo Linux
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.4.6
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.5.0
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.5.1
  • Videolan VLC Media Player 0.5.1A
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.5.2
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.5.3
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.6.0
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.6.1
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.6.2
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.7.0
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.7.1
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.7.2
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.0
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.1
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.2
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.4
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.4a
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.5
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6a
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6b
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6c
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6d
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player 0.8.6e

Reported:

May 10, 2008

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