Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers VideoLAN VLC ID3v2 Flags Denial Of Service Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a vulnerability in VideoLAN VLC, which allows a remote attacker to cause a denial of service through a malformed media file.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Aug 18, 2010

Users should apply the solution provided by VideoLAN.

Additional Information

The VLC player crashes upon loading a media file containing specifically crafted ID3v2 tags.


David Maciejak & Dehui Yin of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs

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