Check Point Advisories

VideoLAN VLC Media Player PNG Code Execution (CVE-2012-5470)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-796
Date Published: 6 Jan 2013
Severity: High
Last Updated: 14 Feb 2016
Industry Reference:CVE-2012-5470
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R75

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description A buffer overread vulnerability has been reported in VideoLAN VLC Media Player. The vulnerability is due to an input validation error when handling certain PNG files. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by enticing a user to open a specially crafted PNG file with an affected version of VLC Media Player. Successful exploitation would allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block malicious PNG files.

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 R80 / R77 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the VideoLAN VLC Media Player PNG Code Execution protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Media Player Enforcement Violation.
Attack Information:  VideoLAN VLC Media Player PNG code execution

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