RealNetworks RealPlayer large file header buffer overflow

realplayer-file-header-bo (7839) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


RealNetworks RealPlayer is vulnerable to a buffer overflow caused by improper parsing of headers in RealPlayer media files (.rm). By sending a RealPlayer media file containing an unusually large header, a remote attacker can overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or crash the RealPlayer client.


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For patch and upgrade information refer to RealPlayer Frequently Asked Questions dated January 25, 2002. See References.


Platforms Affected:

  • Real RealONE Player for Linux 2.2 Alpha
  • Real RealPlayer 7.0 Mac OS
  • Real RealPlayer 7.0 Unix
  • Real RealPlayer 7.0 Win32
  • Real RealPlayer 8.0 Win32
  • Real RealPlayer 8.0 Unix
  • Real RealPlayer 8.0 Mac OS
  • Real RealPlayer G2
  • Real RealPlayer Intranet 7.0
  • Real RealPlayer Intranet 8.0


Jan 05, 2002

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