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Security issues found in RealPlayer 10 for Mac

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Tue July 29, 2008

RealPlayer exploit fix

RealNetworks is urging Mac users to upgrade to version 11.0 of its RealPlayer application, due to a potential security exploit. The malware research site Secunia rates the problem as "highly critical," with potential risk of malicious system access and exposure of sensitive information. The vulnerability affects Realplayer v10 and v10.1 for Mac OS X. The company did not issue a patch, but is instead urging users to upgrade to RealPlayer 11.0. The company says there is a problem with Realplayer's ActiveX import method buffer overflow.

An advisory posted by Secunia says an error in the ActiveX control could cause memory corruption under certain circumstances. Hackers could use this weakness to compromise a user's system. The problem also affects some versions of RealPlayer for Windows and Linux. RealPLayer 11.0 for Mac -- and updates for other platforms -- are available at no cost from RealNetwork's website.




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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Audio broken in 11

    I use a MOTU firewire interface for audio playback and RP 11's audio does not work. The audio simply gurgles along and is completely unintelligible.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who cares?

    I won't allow Real Player on any computer I use - PC or Mac. What a piece of s***!

  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    But there is a problem!

    The problem with upgrading to RP 11 is that if you have a wireless internet connection, it will totally make your (Apple) laptop non-functional. I have posted over and over (including fixes) about these problems and none of them have been addressed yet by Real. For computers that aren't wireless, yes, it is a great upgrade. Everyone else should be very careful when deciding to upgrade to this release (build 884). You can check my posts on Versiontracker.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Avoid Real Player

    Free advice: avoid this player. Slow, clunky, annoying piece of adware - this what it was few years ago when I fired it up for the first and the last time.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Could be dangerous!

    Whew, thank goodness nobody uses Real! This could have been a serious problem.

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Real is still exists?

    I didn't know that Real still existed. And I'm shocked that anyone allows their stuff on any computer.

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Real is still exists?

    I didn't know that Real still existed. And I'm shocked that anyone allows their stuff on any computer.

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