[TKADV2008-010] VLC media player TiVo ty Processing Stack Overflow Vulnerability Oct 20 2008 07:18PM
Tobias Klein (tk trapkit de)
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Advisory: VLC media player TiVo ty Processing Stack Overflow
Advisory ID: TKADV2008-010
Revision: 1.0
Release Date: 2008/10/20
Last Modified: 2008/10/20
Date Reported: 2008/10/18
Author: Tobias Klein (tk at trapkit.de)
Affected Software: VLC media player <= 0.9.4
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
Vendor URL: http://www.videolan.org/
Vendor Status: Vendor has released an updated version
Patch development time: 1 day

Vulnerability details:

The VLC media player contains a stack overflow vulnerability while parsing
malformed TiVo ty media files. The vulnerability can be trivially exploited
by a (remote) attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of VLC
media player.

Technical Details:

Source code file: modules\demux\Ty.c

1623 static void parse_master(demux_t *p_demux)
1624 {
1625 demux_sys_t *p_sys = p_demux->p_sys;
1626 uint8_t mst_buf[32]; <-- [1]
1627 int i, i_map_size;
1628 int64_t i_save_pos = stream_Tell(p_demux->s);
1629 int64_t i_pts_secs;
1631 /* Note that the entries in the SEQ table in the stream may have
1632 different sizes depending on the bits per entry. We store them
1633 all in the same size structure, so we have to parse them out one
1634 by one. If we had a dynamic structure, we could simply read the
1635 entire table directly from the stream into memory in place. */
1637 /* clear the SEQ table */
1638 free(p_sys->seq_table);
1640 /* parse header info */
1641 stream_Read(p_demux->s, mst_buf, 32); <-- [2]
1642 i_map_size = U32_AT(&mst_buf[20]); <-- [3]
1643 p_sys->i_bits_per_seq_entry = i_map_size * 8;
1644 i = U32_AT(&mst_buf[28]); /* size of SEQ table, in bytes */
1645 p_sys->i_seq_table_size = i / (8 + i_map_size);
1647 /* parse all the entries */
1648 p_sys->seq_table = malloc(p_sys->i_seq_table_size *
1649 for (i=0; i<p_sys->i_seq_table_size; i++) {
1650 stream_Read(p_demux->s, mst_buf, 8 + i_map_size); <-- [4]

[1] This stack buffer can be overflowed
[2] 32 bytes of user controlled file data are copied into "mst_buf"
[3] "i_map_size" is extracted from the user controlled file data
[4] The user controlled value of "i_map_size" is used as a length value
for the "stream_Read()" function. This function copies "i_map_size"
bytes of file data (that can also be controlled by the attacker) into
the stack buffer "mst_buf". This leads to a straight stack overflow
that can be trivially exploited by a (remote) attacker to execute
arbitrary code in the context of VLC.


See "Workarounds" and "Solution" sections of the VideoLAN-SA-0809 [1].


2008/10/18 - Vendor notified
2008/10/18 - Patch developed
2008/10/20 - Public disclosure of vulnerability details by the vendor
2008/10/20 - Release date of this security advisory


Vulnerability found and advisory written by Tobias Klein.


[1] http://www.videolan.org/security/sa0809.html
[2] http://git.videolan.org/?p=vlc.git;a=commitdiff;h=26d92b87bba99b5ea2
[3] http://www.trapkit.de/advisories/TKADV2008-010.txt


Revision 0.1 - Initial draft release to the vendor
Revision 1.0 - Public release


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