RealPlayer Flaw Endangers Users

RealNetworks recently revealed that three software flaws affecting different versions of the company’s media player software (alternately called RealPlayer or RealONE) could permit attackers to gain control of users' PCs. The delivery system is particularly cunning, too: Essentially, attackers create a fake streaming media file that actually includes code that lets them access files on the victim's hard disk. Although more than 300 million people use RealNetworks' media player products, the company says no one has been hacked yet and it’s working on a fix.

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