RealNetworks RealPlayer for Windows invalid .mp3 file denial of service

realplayer-mp3-invalid-dos (8320) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


RealNetworks RealPlayer is vulnerable to a denial of service attack. A remote attacker can append a .mp3 file extension to a malicious file to consume 100% of the CPU resources when RealPlayer attempts to open the malicious file, causing the system to crash.


Denial of Service


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • NtWaK0 Advisory 28-02-2002: 2K, with RealPlayer Installed 100 % CPU utilization.
  • BID-4200: Real Networks Realplayer 8 CPU Utilization Denial of Service Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0337: RealPlayer 8 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU utilization) via malformed .mp3 files.
  • OSVDB ID: 14397: RealPlayer Malformed .mp3 CPU Exhaustion DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • Real RealPlayer 8.0 Win32


Feb 28, 2002

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