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RealNetworks Releases A Real Patch

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RealNetworks, makers of the much-discussed Real Player, have released a patch addressing a number of security issues related to the media player.

Amongst other fixes, the patch addresses a vulnerability allowing malicious users to execute code on players by using harmful sound files. Real offers this description:

Exploit 1: To fashion a malicious WAV file to cause a buffer overflow which could have allowed an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a customer’s machine.

Exploit 2: To fashion a malicious SMIL file to cause a buffer overflow which could have allowed an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a customer’s machine.

These vulnerabilities have been rated as critical.

Patches have been developed for the various operating system environments, including Linux and Mac. Download the applicable patch here.

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