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RealPlayer playlist name stack buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#871673

Original Release Date: 2007-10-20 | Last Revised: 2007-11-15


RealPlayer contains a stack buffer overflow in the handling of playlist names, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


RealNetworks RealPlayer is a multimedia application that allows users to view local and remote audio/video content. The RealPlayer Database Component, which is provided by MPAMedia.dll, contains a stack buffer overflow in the handling of playlist names. The RealPlayer IERPCtl ActiveX control, which is provided by ierpplug.dll, can be used to import a local file into a specified playlist in RealPlayer. This can be used to trigger the buffer overflow vulnerability. The ActiveX control is present in RealPlayer version 9 (RealOne Player) and later.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user on a vulnerable system.


Apply an update

Please see the Security Update from RealNetworks. The update will provide newer versions of the RealPlayer Database Component for RealPlayer 10.5 and RealPlayer 11 beta. Users with RealOne Player, RealOne Player v2, or RealPlayer 10 should first update to RealPlayer 10.5 or later and then apply the security update.

Disable the IERPCtl ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

The ActiveX control that can be used as an attack vector can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSID:

More information about how to set the kill bit is available in Microsoft Support Document 240797. Alternatively, the following text can be saved as a .REG file and imported to set the kill bit for this control:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{FDC7A535-4070-4B92-A0EA-D9994BCC0DC5}]
    "Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400
Disable ActiveX

Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this and other ActiveX vulnerabilities. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "Securing Your Web Browser" document. 

Vendor Information


RealNetworks, Inc. Affected

Notified:  October 16, 2007 Updated: October 20, 2007



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 the Security Update from RealNetworks.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

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This vulnerability was analyzed and confirmed by US-CERT on October 13, 2007.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-5601
Severity Metric: 34.02
Date Public: 2007-10-18
Date First Published: 2007-10-20
Date Last Updated: 2007-11-15 23:16 UTC
Document Revision: 23

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