oCERT-2010-004 FFmpeg/libavcodec arbitrary offset dereference


The libavcodec library, an open source video encoding/decoding library part of the FFmpeg project, suffers from an arbitrary offset dereference vulnerability.

The vulnerability affects the flic file format parser, insufficient restrictions on a writable buffer can be exploited to execute arbitrary code via the heap memory. A specific flic file can be crafted to trigger the vulnerability.

The MPlayer multimedia player is also affected as it statically includes libavcodec, the flic codec can be disabled in codecs.conf configuration file in order to workaround the issue.

Affected version:

libavcodec <= 0.6

MPlayer <= 1.0_rc3, snapshot 2010-09-27

Fixed version:

libavcodec >= r25223 (see References)

MPlayer >= snapshot 2010-09-28

Credit: vulnerability report and PoC code received from Cesar Bernardini <cesar [dot] bernardini [at] gmail [dot] com> and Felipe Felipe Andres Manzano <felipe [dot] andres [dot] manzano [at] gmail [dot] com>.

CVE: CVE-2010-3429


2010-08-24: vulnerability report received
2010-08-25: contacted mplayer maintainers
2010-08-27: mplayer security team confirms report, describes mplayer workaround and points to ffmpeg as the originally affected package
2010-08-27: contacted ffmpeg maintainer
2010-08-27: preliminary patch is provided by ffmpeg maintainer
2010-08-28: reporter approves patch
2010-09-13: upstream confirms patch, two weeks embargo is proposed
2010-09-13: embargo accepted, contacted affected vendors
2010-09-27: patch committed to ffmpeg repository
2010-09-28: patch automatically pulled to mplayer repository from ffmpeg one
2010-09-28: oCERT advisory published