RealPlayer Buffer Overflow in Processing SMIL File Screen-Size Attribute Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1013343|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1013343
(Links to External Site)
Date: Mar 1 2005
Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): prior to 220.127.116.119|
iDEFENSE reported a vulnerability in RealPlayer in the processing of SMIL files. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed.|
A remote user can create a specially crafted Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (smil) file to trigger a buffer overflow in the player's SMIL parser.
The vulnerability resides in 'datatype/smil/renderer/smil1/smlparse.cpp' in the processing of the screen size attribute. A valid SMIL file with the following type of line can trigger the flaw [where 'LONGSTRING' is more than 256 bytes]:
<text src="1024_768.en.txt" region="size" system-screen-size="LONGSTRINGX768">
The following Windows versions are affected:
RealPlayer 10.5 (18.104.22.1680-1056), RealPlayer 10, RealOne Player v2 (22.214.171.1243 - 872), RealOne Player v2 (126.96.36.1998 - 840), RealOne Player v1, RealPlayer 8, and RealPlayer Enterprise.
The following Mac versions are affected: Mac RealPlayer 10 (10.0.0.305 - 325) and Mac RealOne Player.
The following Linux versions are affected: Linux RealPlayer 10 and Helix Player.
The vendor was notified on January 14, 2005.
The original advisory is available at:
A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the target users.|
The vendor has issued a fixed version (188.8.131.529 for Windows, 10.0.0.331 for Mac), as well as updates for some previous versions. See the vendor's advisory for a patch matrix:|
Vendor URL: service.real.com/help/faq/security/050224_player/EN/ (Links to External Site)
|Underlying OS: Linux (Any), UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)|
This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.|
Source Message Contents
Subject: iDEFENSE Security Advisory 03.01.05: RealNetworks RealPlayer .smil|
RealNetworks RealPlayer .smil Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 03.01.05
March 1, 2005
RealPlayer is an application for playing various media formats,
developed by RealNetworks Inc. For more information, visit
Remote exploitation of a stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability in
the The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (smil) file format
parser within various versions of RealNetworks Inc.'s RealPlayer could
allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
The vulnerability specifically exists due to an unbounded string copying
operation. The vulnerable code is shown below:
if(HXR_OK == rc)
UINT32 ulScreenHeight = 0;
UINT32 ulScreenWidth = 0;
const char* pScreenSize = (const char*)pBuf->GetBuffer();
// format is screen-height "X" screen-width
char tmp; /* Flawfinder: ignore */
strcpy(tmp, pScreenSize); /* Flawfinder: ignore */
The pBuf object's datapointer (which is what GetBuffer uses internally)
is pointing at the screen-size attribute in the user-supplied smil file.
This allows a fixed stack buffer to be overwritten with user-supplied
data. An attacker could use this stack overwrite to manipulate a saved
return address or Structured Exception Handler, allowing for arbitrary
In order to trigger this vulnerability, one would need an otherwise
valid .smil file with the following line added in an appropriate
section: <text src="1024_768.en.txt" region="size" system-screen-
Note that "LONGSTRING" should be more than 256 bytes in order to cause
Exploitation allows for arbitrary code execution as the user who opened
the .smil file.
Exploitation requires an attacker to craft a malicious .smil and
convince a user to open it. An attacker could also force a web browser
to refresh and automatically load the .smil file from a normal web page
under the attacker's control. In default installations of RealPlayer
under Windows, Internet Explorer will not prompt the user for an action
when encountering a .smil file. It will open it without delay, thus
allowing a more effective method of exploitation.
iDEFENSE Labs has confirmed that Real Networks Inc.'s RealPlayer 10.5
(184.108.40.2066) on Windows and RealPlayer 10 (10.0.1.436) on Linux are
The vendor has reported that the following products are vulnerable on
the following platforms:
RealPlayer 10.5 (220.127.116.116 and below)
RealOne Player V2
RealOne Player V1
RealPlayer 10 (10.0.0.325 and below)
There are no known workarounds for this vulnerability. Although .smil
files can be disassociated from RealPlayer, it is still possible to
cause these files to load with RealPlayer using other methods. One such
method is loading the file via one of the many ActiveX Controls that
RealPlayer contains. Any effective workaround would prevent RealPlayer
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
A vendor advisory for this issue is available at:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
names CAN-2005-0455 to these issues. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
01/14/2005 Initial vendor notification
01/19/2005 Initial vendor response
03/01/2005 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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