USN-1706-1: FFmpeg vulnerabilities

28 January 2013

ffmpeg vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


FFmpeg could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • ffmpeg - multimedia player, server and encoder


It was discovered that FFmpeg incorrectly handled certain malformed media files. If a user were tricked into opening a crafted media file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
libavcodec52 - 4:0.5.9-0ubuntu0.10.04.3
libavformat52 - 4:0.5.9-0ubuntu0.10.04.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.