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Category:   Application (Multimedia)  >   Winamp Vendors:   Nullsoft
Winamp Error in Processing m3u/pls Files With '.wma' File Extension Lets Remote Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015565
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-3188   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 2 2006
Impact:   Denial of service via network, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 5.11
Description:   iDEFENSE reported a vulnerability in Winamp. A remote user can cause denial of service conditions and may be able to execute arbitrary code.

A remote user can create a specially crafted m3u or pls file with a target filename that has a '.wma' file extension that, when loaded by the target user, will cause the target user's Winamp player to crash. It may also be possible to cause arbitrary code to be executed.

The vendor was notified on October 12, 2005, without response.

This vulnerability was discovered by b0f.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can create a specially crafted file that, when loaded by the target user, will cause the target user's Winamp player to crash. It may also be possible to cause arbitrary code to be executed.
Solution:   The vendor silently released a fixed version (5.11) without mention of this vulnerability.

The latest version is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 02.01.06: Winamp m3u/pls .WMA Extension

Winamp m3u/pls .WMA Extension Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 02.01.06
February 1, 2006


Winamp is a popular media player for Windows which supports many
audio/video file formats.

More information can be obtained from the vendors site at:


It has been found that a specially crafted m3u or pls file with a
target filename having the .wma extension can crash Winamp giving the
attacker control over the EAX register.

Example m3U file format:


Example pls file format:



When Winamp is installed it registers the m3u and pls extensions so that
such files  will automatically open in Winamp. This exploit can be
triggered by clicking on a link in a web page, or through the use of
malicious javascript.

The crash occurs in the Winamp module with the following instructions:

mov edx, [eax]
call [edx+24]

The number of characters that can be inject is limited. With control
of the EAX register injected into the above code, meaningful
shellcode execution is possible.


This vulnerability has been verified in version 5.094 of Winamp.


Removing the file mapping for m3u and pls files to Winamp should
mitigate the risk of exploitation.


The vendor has not responded to communication regarding this

The vulnerability appears to have been silently fixed in Winamp 5.11.
Version 5.13 is now available for download at:


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2005-3188 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


10/12/2005 Initial vendor notification
02/01/2006 Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was discovered by b0f.

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