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Category:   Application (Multimedia)  >   Windows Media Player Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Windows Media Player Buffer Overflow in Processing PNG Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1013115
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1013115
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-1244   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 8 2005
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 9 only
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Windows Media Player in the processing of PNG files. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.

The vendor reported htat Windows Media Player does not properly handle PNG files with excessive width or height values. A remote user can create a specially crafted PNG image file that, when viewed by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system with the privileges of the target user.

The vulnerability is similar to that identified in CVE: CVE-2004-0597. However, Windows Media Player does not use the libpng library that is described in CVE: CVE-2004-0597.

Microsoft credits Carlos Sarraute of Core Security Technologies with reporting this flaw.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target user's system with the privileges of the target user.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fix:

Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series (when running on Windows 2000, Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003):

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A52279DC-3B6C-4720-8192-45657EDBB14F

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms05-009.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error, Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Windows (2000), Windows (2003), Windows (XP)

Message History:   None.


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