VLC < 2.0.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities

critical Nessus Plugin ID 63381
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The remote Windows host contains a media player that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


The version of VLC media player installed on the remote Windows host is prior to 2.0.5. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities:

- An exploitable denial of service vulnerability exists in the SHAddToRecentDocs function in VideoLAN VLC media player before 2.0.5. Allow user-assisted attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a crafted file name that triggers an incorrect string-length calculation when the file is added to VLC. (CVE-2012-5855).

- Multiple buffer overflows in VideoLAN VLC media player before 2.0.5. Allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) and execute arbitrary code via vectors related to the (1) freetype renderer and (2) HTML subtitle parser. (CVE-2013-1868).
Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to VLC version 2.0.5 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 63381

File Name: vlc_2_0_5.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 1/4/2013

Updated: 7/24/2020

Dependencies: vlc_installed.nasl, macosx_vlc_installed.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2013-1868


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:videolan:vlc_media_player

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/15/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/7/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5855, CVE-2013-1868

BID: 57079, 56405