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VideoLAN VLC ModPlug ReadS3M Stack Buffer Overflow

This module exploits an input validation error in libmod_plugin as included with VideoLAN VLC 1.1.8. All versions prior to version 1.1.9 are affected. By creating a malicious S3M file, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code. Although other products that bundle libmodplug may be vulnerable, this module was only tested against VLC. NOTE: As of July 1st, 2010, VLC now calls SetProcessDEPPoly to permanently enable NX support on machines that support it. As such, this module is capable of bypassing DEP, but not ASLR.

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Module Name



  • jduck <jduck [at]>



  • VLC 1.1.8 on Windows XP SP3


  • 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/fileformat/vlc_modplug_s3m msf exploit(vlc_modplug_s3m) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(vlc_modplug_s3m) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(vlc_modplug_s3m) > show options and set options... msf exploit(vlc_modplug_s3m) > exploit

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