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Category:   Application (Multimedia)  >   Windows Media Player Vendors:   Microsoft
Windows Media Player Bug in Playing Audio Files via Server-side Playlists Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020831
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020831
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2253   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 9 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 11
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Windows Media Player. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted audio file streamed from a Windows Media Server in a server-side playlist (SSPL) that, when played by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Impact:   A remote user can create an audio file that, when played by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes:

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Media Player 11:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d5891180-5dd1-49ec-bcc6-3030a544202c

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2, Windows Media Player 11:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=caf8a45e-a9f8-4e91-98fd-87eddbeae64c

Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Media Player 11:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2f4118fd-1ffb-46da-b922-cd4ca4f9d84e

Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, Windows Media Player 11:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=334352e7-d41f-494f-866d-f1f1745ffd17

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems*, Windows Media Player 11:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=72fc6028-6af4-44ec-8d2a-28c53807d6bc

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems*, Windows Media Player 11:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3906512b-26db-473e-b522-3883ff34a21c

* (Core installation not affected)

A restart may be required.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-054.mspx

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-054.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified
Underlying OS:  Windows (2008), Windows (Vista), Windows (XP)
Underlying OS Comments:  XP SP3 and prior service packs, Vista SP1 and prior service packs, 2008

Message History:   None.


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