Flaw Found in VLC Media Participant [Updated: Maybe Not]

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Due to its free and open-source nature, VLC is one among, if not the preferred cross-platform media participant on this planet. Sadly, a newfound and probably very severe safety flaw found in VLC means you would possibly wish to uninstall it till the oldsters on the VideoLAN Undertaking can patch the flaw.

Found by German safety company CERT-Bund (by way of WinFuture), a brand new flaw in VLC (listed as CVE-2019-13615) that has been given a base vulnerability rating of 9.8, which classifies it as “important.”

The vulnerability permits for RCE (distant code execution) which probably permits unhealthy actors attackers to set up, modify, or run software program with out authorization, and is also used to reveal recordsdata on the host system. Translation: VLC’s safety gap might enable hackers to hijack your laptop and see your recordsdata.

Fortunately, it appears nobody has taken benefit of the flaw but, however with WinFuture reporting that the Home windows, Linux, and Unix variations of VLC are all affected (however not the macOS model), there’s an enormous variety of probably susceptible methods on the market.

VideoLAN can be conscious of the problem and is at the moment engaged on a patch, although proper now, that patch seems to solely be 60 p.c full. Sadly, which means whereas individuals are ready for a repair, your solely recourse to guard your self from the flaw is to uninstall VLC and change to another like KMPlayer or Media Participant Traditional.

Or you might take the prospect that nobody tries to hack you whilst you look forward to a repair. However both method, you’ve been warned.

[Update 8:35 AM] Based mostly on a tweet by VideoLAN, VLC is probably not as susceptible because it initially appeared. VideoLAN says the “safety situation” in VLC was brought on by a third-party library known as Libebml that was fastened 16 months in the past, and that Mitre’s declare was primarily based on a earlier (and outdated) model of VLC.

We now have reached out to each firms for more information on what occurred concerning the preliminary CVE, and can replace the story if we hear again.

[Update 10:30 AM] The VLC CVE on the Nationwide Vulnerability Database has now been up to date, downgrading the severity of the problem from a Base Rating of 9.8 (important) to five.5 (medium), with the change log additionally specifying that the “Sufferer should voluntarily work together with assault mechanism.”

Moreover, VideoLAN’s public bug tracker now lists the bug report as “fastened” and has closed the thread.

[Update 2 2:00 PM] When requested about its position in reporting the VLC vulnerability to the NVD, a Mitre spokesperson stated “CVE entries are up to date as a matter of routine as new data is reported to the CVE Program. On this particular case, the CVE entry was up to date as extra data turned out there. If VideoLAN, or any member of the neighborhood has extra data concerning a CVE entry, we encourage them to report it to us at https://cveform.mitre.org/.”

Moreover, concerning the CVE itemizing which initially obtained a “important” score, Mitre says that the “Nationwide Vulnerability Database (NVD), operated by the Nationwide Institute of Requirements and Expertise (NIST), is chargeable for assigning CVSS scores,” and that Mitre “defers to the NVD to handle any questions associated to CVSS scoring.” 


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