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RealNetworks Patches Security Holes

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The company fixes exploits affecting its media player that could allow attackers to execute code and generate buffer overruns.

RealNetworks Inc. recently released a security update to plug a series of vulnerabilities in its media players that could open a user's machine to malicious code.

Security researchers at British-based NGSSoftware Ltd., which issued an advisory on Wednesday, discovered the security holes in December and informed Real Networks of the vulnerabilities.

The Seattle-based Real Networks on Wednesday posted a series of fixes to its Web site.

RealNetworks, in its latest security update, identifies three separate exploits that could affect one or more of the following media players: RealOne Player, RealOne Player v2, RealPlayer 8, RealPlayer 10 Beta and RealOne Enterprise Desktop or RealPlayer Enterprise.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.
 
 
 
 
 
























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