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(Red Hat Issues Fix) RealPlayer Heap Overflow in Processing SWF File Frames Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020586
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-5400   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jul 31 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10; 10.5 (,,; 11.0.0 - 11.0.2 builds -; 10 ( - 352) for Mac; 10.1 ( - for Mac; 10 for Linux
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in RealPlayer. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a Shockwave Flash (SWF) file containing specially crafted frames that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The vendor was notified on November 16, 2007.

Real Player Enterprise is also affected.

Rhapsody 4 is not afffected.

Dyon Balding of Secunia Research reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   Red Hat has released a fix.

The Red Hat advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Red Hat Enterprise)
Underlying OS Comments:  3, 4, 5

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Jul 25 2008 RealPlayer Heap Overflow in Processing SWF File Frames Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [RHSA-2008:0812-01] Critical: RealPlayer security update

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Critical: RealPlayer security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2008:0812-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras
Advisory URL:
Issue date:        2008-07-31

1. Summary:

RealPlayer 10.0.9 as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Extras, 4
Extras, and 5 Supplementary, contains a security flaw and should not be

This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

2. Description:

RealPlayer is a media player that provides media playback locally and via

RealPlayer 10.0.9 is vulnerable to a critical security flaw and should no
longer be used. A remote attacker could leverage this flaw to execute
arbitrary code as the user running RealPlayer. (CVE-2007-5400)

This issue is addressed in RealPlayer 11. Red Hat is unable to ship
RealPlayer 11 due to additional proprietary codecs included in that
version. Therefore, users who wish to continue to use RealPlayer should get
an update directly from

RealPlayer 10.0.9 packages will remain available via Red Hat Network for
those who choose to use them, despite their known security vulnerabilities.

3. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network.  Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

4. Bugs fixed (

456855 - CVE-2007-5400 RealPlayer: SWF Frame Handling Buffer Overflow

5. References:

6. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <>.  More contact
details at

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