Vulnerabilities in Nullsoft Winamp Could Allow Arbitrary Code Execution

ID MSVR12-011
Type msvr
Reporter Microsoft Vulnerability Research
Modified 2012-07-17T00:00:00


Executive Summary

Microsoft is providing notification of the discovery and remediation of vulnerabilities affecting Nullsoft Winamp software version 5.623 and earlier. Microsoft discovered and disclosed the vulnerabilities under coordinated vulnerability disclosure to the affected vendor, Nullsoft. Nullsoft has remediated the vulnerabilities in their software.

Multiple vulnerabilities exist in the way that Winamp parses Impulse Tracker (.it) files resulting in memory corruption and heap corruption. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Microsoft Vulnerability Research reported these issues to and coordinated with Nullsoft to ensure remediation of this issue. The vulnerabilities have been assigned the entries, CVE-2012-3889 and CVE-2012-3890, in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list. For more information, including information about updates from Nullsoft for Winamp, see Winamp 5.63 Released.

Mitigating Factors

  • The vulnerabilities cannot be exploited automatically through email. For an attack to be successful, a user must open an attachment that is sent in an email message.
  • In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a website that contains a specially crafted file that is used to exploit either of these vulnerabilities. In addition, compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements could contain specially crafted content that could exploit either of these vulnerabilities. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit these websites. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit the website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or Instant Messenger message that takes users to the attacker’s website, and then convince them to open the specially crafted file.
  • An attacker who successfully exploited either of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.