IRM Security Advisory No. 018
Winamp 5.13 m3u Playlist Buffer Overflow
Vulnerability Type / Importance: Unauthorised Code Execution / High
Problem Discovered: February 17th 2006
Vendor Contacted: February 17th 2006
Advisory Published: February 24th 2006
Nullsoft Winamp is a popular media player available for multiple platforms.
A buffer overflow exists in Winamp's handling of a m3u playlist file.
Winamp 5.13 and earlier is susceptible to a buffer overflow condition when a
specially crafted playlist filename (m3u or pls) is embedded within another
Vendor & Patch Information:
Nullsoft were contacted and have confirmed this as a new vulnerability. They
have addressed this along with other vulnerabilities in the new release of
Winamp 5.2 (http://www.winamp.com/player/version_history.php). It is
recommended that user's upgrade to the new version of winamp as soon as
Research & Advisory: P Robinson
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