Check Point Advisories

RealNetworks RealPlayer

Check Point Reference: SBP-2009-08
Date Published: 15 Mar 2009
Severity: N/A
Last Updated: 15 Mar 2009
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R77, R76, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description RealNetworks RealPlayer is a cross-platform media player that supports multiple multimedia formats such as: MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime,Windows Media, and RealAudio and RealVideo formats. RealPlayer contains many features including streaming capabilities, media browser,video download, and CD ripping. Some organizations prefer to prevent their employees from using media player applications, since they tend to lower employee productivity.Also, video downloading and streaming traffic significantly increase a company's Internet communication costs and might force it to purchaseadditional bandwidth. . There are cases in which certain traffic, although not intended for malicious use, is very unsafe, since it may transfer shellcode which is undetectable by IPS.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block the access to RealPlayer media traffic.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update.For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R77 / R76 / R75 / R71 / R70

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the RealNetworks RealPlayer protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Media Player Enforcement Violation.
Attack Information:  RealNetwork RealPlayer detected on connection

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