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VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow

Disclosed July 24, 2013    Fully Patched

Vulnerability Description:

VLC contains a library, libmodplug, that is susceptible to a buffer overflow caused by parsing specially crafted ABC music files. Successful exploitation may result in arbitrary remote code execution.



Vulnerable Software/Devices:

VLC 2.0.8 and possibly earlier versions

Vulnerability Severity:


Exploit Availability:


Exploit Impact:

Remote Code Execution
Remote Code Execution This client-side vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain the ability to execute remote arbitrary code with the same permissions as the user that is currently logged in. If the user is an administrator, the attacker could install malicious software and further compromise the system.

BeyondTrust Prevention and Detection:

BeyondTrust's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.

  • 30182 - VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow (20130724) - Windows
  • 30183 - VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow (20130724) - UNIX/Linux
  • 30184 - VLC Media Player libmodplug Buffer Overflow (20130724) - Mac OS X


Avoid opening untrusted ABC files with VLC. 




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