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VLC AMV Dangling Pointer Vulnerability

This module exploits VLC media player when handling a .AMV file. By flipping the 0x41st byte in the file format (video width/height), VLC crashes due to an invalid pointer, which allows remote attackers to gain arbitrary code execution. The vulnerable packages include: VLC 1.1.4, VLC 1.1.5, VLC 1.1.6, VLC 1.1.7. Also, please note that IE 8 targets require Java support in order to run properly.

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Module Name



  • sinn3r <sinn3r [at]>



  • Automatic
  • Internet Explorer 6 on XP SP3
  • Internet Explorer 7 on XP SP3
  • Internet Explorer 8 on XP SP3
  • Internet Explorer 7 on Vista


  • windows



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/windows/browser/vlc_amv msf exploit(vlc_amv) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(vlc_amv) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(vlc_amv) > show options and set options... msf exploit(vlc_amv) > exploit

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