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Malicious Subtitles Files Can Hack Kodi, VLC and Popcorn Time Users

Oh my, that is bad. I am always surprised by attack vectors such as fonts, images and more. If you are a VLC, Kodi or Popcorn time users, patch your software ASAP.

From the blog post:

Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.

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