USN-4074-1: VLC vulnerabilities

25 July 2019

vlc vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 19.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in VLC.

Software Description

  • vlc - multimedia player and streamer

Details

It was discovered that the VLC CAF demuxer incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially-crafted CAF file, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause VLC to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. (CVE-2018-19857)

It was discovered that the VLC Matroska demuxer incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially-crafted MKV file, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause VLC to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-12874)

It was discovered that the VLC MP4 demuxer incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially-crafted MP4 file, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause VLC to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-13602)

It was discovered that the VLC AVI demuxer incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially-crafted AVI file, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause VLC to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-5439)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.04
vlc - 3.0.7.1-0ubuntu19.04.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
vlc - 3.0.7.1-0ubuntu18.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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