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Microsoft Windows Media Player plug-in buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#692060

Original Release Date: 2006-02-14 | Last Revised: 2006-02-22


The Microsoft Windows Media Player plug-in for browsers other than Internet Explorer contains a buffer overflow, which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.


Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a multimedia application that comes with Microsoft Windows.

Windows Media Player plug-in

The Windows Media Player plug-in allows web browsers other than Internet Explorer to use Windows Media Player. The plug-in is provided by the file npdsplay.dll. A web page can make use of the Windows Media Player plug-in through use of the EMBED tag.

The problem

The Windows Media Player plug-in contains a buffer overflow vulnerability.

Note: Exploit code for this vulnerability is publicly available.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause the browser (or any program using the Windows Media Player plug-in) to crash.


Apply an update
Apply the appropriate update, as specified in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-006. This update provides an updated version of npdsplay.dll.

Modify access control list for npdsplay.dll

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-006 includes instructions for modifying the access control list for npdsplay.dll as a workaround. This will prevent applications from using the Windows Media Player plug-in.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  February 14, 2006



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-006.

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This vulnerability was disclosed by Microsoft, who in turn credit John Cobb of iDefense for reporting the vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0005
Severity Metric: 36.12
Date Public: 2006-02-14
Date First Published: 2006-02-14
Date Last Updated: 2006-02-22 17:53 UTC
Document Revision: 12

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