VideoLAN VLC Media Player 2.1.5 FLV File misc/picture_pool.c picture_pool_Delete input validation

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A vulnerability has been found in VideoLAN VLC Media Player 2.1.5 (Multimedia Player Software) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects the function picture_pool_Delete of the file misc/picture_pool.c of the component FLV File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 11/24/2014. The weakness was presented 01/09/2015 by Veysel Hatas as Ticket #13389 as confirmed ticket (Bug Tracker). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2014-9597 since 01/15/2015. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details and also a public exploit are known.

A public exploit has been developed by Veysel Hatas and been published even before and not after the advisory. It is possible to download the exploit at It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 46 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 89901 (GLSA-201603-08 : VLC: Multiple vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Gentoo Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 123164 (VLC Media Player Multiple Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (100050), Vulnerability Center (SBV-48175), Tenable (89901) and Exploit-DB (35901). Additional details are provided at See 12228, 68639, 68988 and 68989 for similar entries.






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Class: Input validation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Veysel Hatas
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Nessus ID: 89901
Nessus Name: GLSA-201603-08 : VLC: Multiple vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 801565
OpenVAS Name: VLC Media Player Multiple Vulnerabilities Jan15 (Windows)
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Advisory: Ticket #13389
Researcher: Veysel Hatas
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2014-9597 (🔍)
X-Force: 100050 - VideoLAN VLC Media Player .flv buffer overflow, Medium Risk
Vulnerability Center: 48175 - VideoLAN VLC Media Player <2.1.5 Remote Code Execution via Crafted FLV File due to DEP Access Violation, Medium
SecurityFocus: 72105 - VLC Media Player '.flv' File Memory Corruption Vulnerability
OSVDB: 116450

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Created: 01/20/2015 02:00 PM
Updated: 03/02/2022 04:33 PM
Changes: 01/20/2015 02:00 PM (80), 05/06/2019 07:19 AM (10), 03/02/2022 04:33 PM (3)
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