VLC, Kodi; the attack on subtitles. Attention to the subtitles

Lost in translation or στη μετάφραση; Subtitles με VLC, Kodi ή κάποιον άλλο player; Καλύτερα να προσέχετε από πού κατεβάζετε τους υπότιτλους σας (subtitles): Αποδεικνύεται ότι οι εισβολείς μπορούν να μολύνουν υπότιτλους (subtitles) με κακόβουλο κώδικα για να εκμεταλλευτούν ευπάθειες σε δημοφιλή media players και να πάρουν τον έλεγχο της ς σου.

Researchers from the security company ανακάλυψαν μια ασυνήθιστη επίθεση, η οποίο βασίζεται στην κρυφή εισ κακόβουλου λογισμικού σε αρχεία υποτίτλων. Η λίστα με τους ευπαθείς players συμπεριλαμβάνει μέχρι τώρα δημοφιλείς εφαρμογές όπως τις: VLC, Kodi, Popcorn and Stremio.subtitles

According to their findings, experts They estimate that there are around 200 million streamers running vulnerable software, making this particular attack "one of the most widespread" at the moment.

Η διαθέσει ένα PoC που εμφανίζει πως μπορεί να πραγματοποιηθεί μια η απομακρυσμένη εκτέλεση κώδικα σε Popcorn Time και Kodi (θα το βρείτε στο τέλος της δημοσίευσης).

What makes the attack particularly important is that many of the media players involved as well as users consider subtitle repositories as a "reliable source".

In addition, Check Point warns that antivirus software and other similar security alternatives often interpret subtitles as "benign text files" and check them without attempting to carefully evaluate their nature.

"The attack is largely based on the poor security situation that exists in the way some media players process subtitles, but also the large number of subtitle formats. Initially, there are over 25 forms of subtitles that we use, each with unique features and capabilities ", says the article on their blog.

Since then, Check Point has informed the major media developers affected. Unfortunately, while some issues have already been corrected, there are others that still make the software vulnerable to this kind of attack. For this reason, the security company decided not to reveal further technical details to prevent further attacks.

Until then: Better avoid popular subtitle repositories.

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