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Security vulnerabilities have been found in RealNetworks' RealPlayer and Apple Computer's QuickTime.

Both programs have security weaknesses which may allow someone to execute malicious code on a user's computer. Real Networks says an attacker could cause a heap corruption, which would allow code to be executed on a user's machine. The vulnerability is caused through a data-compression library within the RealPix component of the player. The security hole can be fixed by using an updated version of the data-compression library.

The following programs are affected by the hole: RealOne Player, RealOne Player v2 for Windows, RealPlayer 8 for Windows, RealPlayer 8 for Mac OS 9, RealOne Player for Mac OS X, RealOne Enterprise Desktop Manager and RealOne Enterprise Desktop .

Security firm iDefense claims Apple's QuickTime Player is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, but only when using the player on a Microsoft platform. A buffer overflow occurs when a program's memory is scrambled with a flood of information. Attackers can insert their own code or take over a machine by causing the overflow.

iDefense claims a URL containing 400 characters or more will cause a buffler overflow, allowing someone to take over a machine. QuickTime Player versions 5.x and 6.0 for Windows are said to be vulnerable to this exploit.

Apple recommends installing QuickTime 6.1 to overcome the problem.

© Friday, 4 April 2003 By Geoff Nicholson

Article Reproduced under license from Shareware Music Machine - the world's biggest music software web site. Copyright Ltd. 1995 - 2003 All Rights Reserved.

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