Critical bug found in WinAMP

By on April 6, 2004, 12:09 AM
According to TechWorld, a "highly critical hole" found in the popular media player, WinAMP, can open a window to hackers that only by running Fasttracker 2 ".xm" media files through a malicious website... We recommend upgrading to the latest version of the player inmediately.

[COLOR=#1951B9]It is possible to cause a heap overflow and so run code on the person's system. A ".xm" file is not needed however, as the software runs through all supported files with the same faulty piece of code. This greatly increases the opportunities hackers may have to con someone into clicking a link and so providing them with system access.[/COLOR]




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Per Hansson said:
Umm, does version 5.03 (latest) solve the issue then?I did not see it in the changelog....
Julio said:
According to TechWorld website it does. All previous versions including 2.x are vulnerable.
Didou said:
[url=http://www.xmms.org/]XMMS[/url] :o
BrownPaper said:
i guess all those people who want to stick with winamp 2.xx will have a really good reason to upgrade to winamp 5.xx. just use the classic winamp 2.xx style skins if you do not like the newer winamp3 style skins.didou, xmms would be good but most people are running windoze. ;)
StormBringer said:
Wow, Fasttracker is a blast from the past. I used to love tinkering with modules.On a sad note, guess I'll be looking for a new mp3 player. I had gone back to 2.xx because Winamp 5.x was so bloated and such a hog. Quite a sad day, I've been a loyal user of Winamp since before the first release went public.
SNGX1275 said:
So unless you are on some shady website and decide to click some audio link they have - you won't get affected right? Seems to me thats easy enough to avoid./me sticks with Winamp 5.0superearlyalphaness:[img]http://www.umr.edu/~ddavison/win
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SNGX1275 said:
Ok my post above this was made without fully looking into the problem. But upon further investigation it appears my above comment was incorrect. [URL=http://www.nextgenss.com/advisories/winampheap.txt]This link[/URL] explains to me what I didn't read first. But it also contains this important piece of information if you for any number of reasons don't want to upgrade your winamp, and don't use any Fasttracker files.[quote]If for some reason it is impossible to download the updated version ofWinamp, the vendor has informed NGSS that it is possible to disable thehandling of Fasttracker 2 module files by taking the following steps:1. Right click the Winamp player, go to 'Options' and then to'Preferences...'.2. In the new window which loads, go to 'Plug-ins' and 'Input'.3. Look for the input plug-in items 'Nullsoft Module Decoder' and doubleclick it to bring up the 'Nullsoft Module Decoder Preferences' window.4. Select the 'Fasttracker 2' loader and deselect the 'Enabled' checkbox tothe right of the loaders list.5. Close all of the option windows and return to the main player.[/quote]
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