Flawed Linux players get RealNetworks patch

RealNetworks has patched flaws in two Linux-based media players that left them vulnerable to remote attacks.

RealNetworks has patched flaws in two Linux-based media players that left them vulnerable to remote attacks.

Both Linux RealPlayer and Helix Player for Linux can now be protected against potential attacks by a patch available on the RealNetworks website.

Exploit code for the flaw was published on the internet last week. It involved attackers tempting users to open up a malicious file in their players.

According to RealNetworks, both Linux RealPlayer 10 (versions 10.0.0 to 10.0.5) and Helix Player (again, 10.0.0 to 10.0.5) are vulnerable to attack.

The new 10.0.6 edition of Linux RealPlayer and Helix Player are available for download. The company said it was not aware of any attacks using the flaw.

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