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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   VMware Vendors:   VMware
VMware Heap Overflows in VMnc Codec Let Remote Users Cause Arbitrary Code to Be Executed
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1023838
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1023838
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-1564, CVE-2009-1565   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 9 2010
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Workstation (Windows) 6.5.x, Player (Windows) 2.5.x, Server (Windows) 2.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted media file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a heap overflow in the VMware media codec and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The codec is part of VMware Workstation, VMware Player, and VMware ACE, and is also available as a stand alone package.

iDefense, Sebastien Renaud of VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team, and Alin Rad Pop of Secunia Research reported these vulnerabilities.

Impact:   A remote user can create a media file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (Movie Decoder (Windows) 6.5.4 Build 246459; Workstation (Windows) 6.5.4 build 246459; Player (Windows) 2.5.4 build 246459).

The vendor's advisory will be available at:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/

Vendor URL:  www.vmware.com/security/advisories/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error

Message History:   None.


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