[ISN] RealPlayer and IE exploited

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Wed Feb 2 06:10:14 EST 2005


By Nick Farrell
02 February 2005

AN EXPLOIT that takes advantage of holes in Real Player and IE has
been released on the web.

According to an advisory issued by the security outfit Secunia,
RealMedia (.rm) files can open local files in the browser built into

This means a malicious website can load a local HTML document in a
local context by using a re-written RealMedia file.

The flaw exists on version 10.5 (build of RealPlayer but
other versions could be affected as well.

There is a workaround for the problem. You have to avoid opening
RealMedia files from an untrusted source and restrict such files from
being opened automatically from within browsers.

So, not much that can be done then.

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