Warning about vulnerability in VLC Media Player

December 21st, 2008 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bonn (Germany), Dec 21 (DPA) A security hole has been discovered in the VLC Media Player, the German Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI) here reported.Attackers can exploit this vulnerability using rigged Real Media files (file ending with “rm”) to install malicious software onto the user’s computer. The victim has just to open the manipulated multimedia file.

VLC Media Player versions prior to release 0.9.8 are affected, BSI reports. The software maker has fixed the problem for Version 0.9.8, but to date has only made the source code available. All VLC Media Player users are advised to remove the file libreal_plugin.* manually from the VLC plug-in installation directory.

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