[vlc-devel] [PATCH] M3u & pls demux: Check the size of each file line to prevent flooding the playlist.

Rémi Denis-Courmont remi at remlab.net
Wed Apr 24 13:38:13 CEST 2013

On Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:09:44 +0200, Adrien Maglo <magsoft at videolan.org>
> Hello,
> The exploit attached to the ticket #7361 shows that it is possible to 
> freeze VLC with a corrupted playlist file containing very long lines.

Well maybe long URLs should not be printed wholly in the logs then?

> VLC indeed outputs to the logs a message giving the name of the media, 
> which is extremely long. This is not a security issue but as logging is 
> a costly operation, outputting this message takes a lot of time and 
> freezes VLC.
> The attached patch proposes to set a maximum line length for the M3U and

> PLS playlist format. It therefore prevent the playlist from being 
> flooded using these demux.

And what about all the many other playlist parsers? I think this fails to
address the problem.

Rémi Denis-Courmont
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