Monday, December 22, 2008

Serious Security risk in VLC Media Player

I've been favoring this open-source media player VLC Media Player on most of my concerned blog posts. And, I know most of you guys been using this media player as your favorite one.

According to German Federal Agency for Security in Information Tecnology(BSI), a security hole has been discovered in the VLC Media player.

Problem:
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.

Which version of VLC Media Player is affected???
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.

Solution:
All VLC Media Player users are advised to remove the file libreal_plugin.* manually from the VLC plug-in installation directory.
Or
Download the latest VLC media Player to be on safe side(That's what I did too).

I still advocate for this wonderful open-source media player called VLC Media Player. It's extremely lightweight and robust.
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2 comments:

LBJirel said...

I used to use this media player and never cared this problem. I do not use these days however and wish, my computer didn't get infected.

Navin said...

Don't worry, download the latest version and you'll be on safe side

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