MS08-054: Vulnerability in Windows Media Player could allow remote code execution
Description: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Windows Media Player that could allow remote code execution when a specially crafted audio file is streamed from a Windows Media server. If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability 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. 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. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting the manner in which Windows Media Player 11 handles audio files streamed from a server-side playlist (SSPL).
Update type: Critical
Release date: September 9, 2008
Applies to: All
Knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954154
Comments: Here are the specifics on the vulnerabilities covered by this update:
- Windows Media Player Sampling Rate Vulnerability – CVE-2008-2253
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB954154.