Media Player Control Security
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Given the lifestyle of today's young generation, it is quite common to expect them embracing the mobile hand-held devices as a means for information access, remote working and entertainment. Music and video are the two important aspects in day-to-day aspects for the young generation. Given this, it is easy to appreciate how this can be a source for cybersecurity breaches. Various leading software development organizations have been warning the users about the potential security attacks on their mobile devices through the "music gateways." There are many examples to show how a media player can turn out to be a source of threat to information held on mobile devices. For example, in the year 2002 , Microsoft Corporation warned about this.According to this news item, Microsoft had warned people that a series of flaws in its Windows Media Player could allow a malicious hacker to hijack people's computer systems and perform a variety of actions. According to this warning from Microsoft, in the most severe exploit of a flaw, a hacker could take or over a computer system and perform any task the computer's owner is allowed to do, such as opening files or accessing certain parts of a network.

As another example, consider the following news item of the year 2004 : corrupt files posing as normal music and video files could allow an attacker to gain control of the downloader's computer. With this happening, there are three vulnerabilities: (a) files could be created that will open a website on the user's browser (e.g, the user could be accessing from his/her hand held device) from where remote JavaScript can be operated; (b) files could be created which allow the attacker to download and use the code on a user's machine or (c) media files could be created that will create buffer overrun errors.

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