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Security Alert: Mplayer Users Urged to Upgrade to Latest Version

Security Alert: Mplayer Users Urged to Upgrade to Latest Version

Users of the popular Mplayer media device are being urged to upgrade to the latest version, due to a bug. The vulnerability is in the GUI interface, which contains buffer overflow weak-spots. A skillfully crafted, bogus GUI interface could be used to get the user to play the system, and hence execute arbitrary code.

Vulnerable versions are those before 1.0 pre4. Gentoo Linux suggested updating to a later release. Developers were more cautious and urged users of Mplayers not to use the GUI at all since other similar bugs are likely to be discovered.

In June, one programmer wrote on a developers' e-mail list that there are many buffer overflows in Mplayer. "I would recommend not using the GUI," he wrote. "This code is so nasty and broken that I'm not going to spend my time fixing it... if you want the GUI to work, and don't want to be embarrassed by remote [vulnerabilities] in Mplayer, step up and fix it."

All Mplayers are vulnerable to this problem. A month ago the bug was reported on the Bugtrap security mailing list. A patch was release by the Mplayer project in response that Linux vendors are now using.

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