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Hackers can access devices through subtitle files

Хакеры могут получать доступ к устройствам через файлы субтитровHackers can hack your computer via subtitles.

Programmers from company Check Point have discovered a new type of vulnerabilities that allow you to access the computer through the file with subtitles.

New vulnerability threatens users of popular media players such as VLC, Kodi (XBMC), and Stremio, said in a company blog.

Creating malicious subtitles, hackers can gain control of any device on which you installed the data media players, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Smart TVs.

As noted by the engineers, the problem is compounded by the fact that there are more than 25 formats, and the ways in which a media player type VLC interact with them, often unsafe. If the attacker replaces the subtitle file dangerous virus program, the player will still open it and cause great damage to the victim’s computer.

“This method requires little or no requires a deliberate action by the user, which makes it all the more dangerous,” the researchers new computer vulnerability.

Often malicious subtitles are automatically loaded with a media player, allowing the hacker to take full control over the entire chain of provision of subtitle without involving users. Check Point estimates that the number of users of video players with subtitle support approximately 200 million people — all of them run the risk of catching the virus.

“Today, we checked and found vulnerability in most famous four media players: VLC, Kodi (XBMC), and Stremio. We have reason to believe that similar vulnerabilities exist in other media players,” said the programmers Check Point.

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