RHEL 3 / 4 : RealPlayer (RHSA-2005:523)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 18556


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


An updated RealPlayer package that fixes a buffer overflow issue is now available.

This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

[Updated 05 Jul 2005] The previous package for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 did not contain the proper fix for this issue. This erratum has been updated with a replacement package that corrects this issue

RealPlayer is a media player that provides media playback locally and via streaming. It plays RealAudio, RealVideo, MP3, 3GPP Video, Flash, SMIL 2.0, JPEG, GIF, PNG, RealPix, RealText, and more.

A buffer overflow bug was found in the way RealPlayer processes SMIL files. An attacker could create a specially crafted SMIL file that could combine with a malicious Web server to execute arbitrary code when the file was opened by a user. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-1766 to this issue.

All users of RealPlayer are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains RealPlayer version 10.0.5 and is not vulnerable to this issue.


Update the affected RealPlayer and / or realplayer packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 18556

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-523.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/06/24

Modified: 2014/05/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:RealPlayer, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:realplayer, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2005/07/05

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/06/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1766

OSVDB: 17575

RHSA: 2005:523