The Microsoft Windows Media Player plug-in for browsers other than Internet Explorer contains a buffer overflow, which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is a multimedia application that comes with Microsoft Windows.
Windows Media Player plug-in
The Windows Media Player plug-in allows web browsers other than Internet Explorer to use Windows Media Player. The plug-in is provided by the file
npdsplay.dll. A web page can make use of the Windows Media Player plug-in through use of the
The Windows Media Player plug-in contains a buffer overflow vulnerability.
Note: Exploit code for this vulnerability is publicly available.
By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause the browser (or any program using the Windows Media Player plug-in) to crash.
Apply an update
Apply the appropriate update, as specified in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-006. This update provides an updated version of
Modify access control list for
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-006 includes instructions for modifying the access control list for
npdsplay.dll as a workaround. This will prevent applications from using the Windows Media Player plug-in.
Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Microsoft Corporation| | -| 14 Feb 2006
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.
Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A
This vulnerability was disclosed by Microsoft, who in turn credit John Cobb of iDefense for reporting the vulnerability.
This document was written by Will Dormann.