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VLC Media Player 2.0.7 update fixes security issues

While I'm still waiting for the Metro version of VLC Media Player to be released for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, I'm keeping a close eye on the development of the desktop version of VLC as well as it is one of the two media players that I run on my system.

VideoLAN has released an update for the player just a moment ago that brings the player's version to 2.0.7. The new version is already listed on the projects website for download so that you can go right ahead and upgrade your version of the player to the latest version.

It is highly recommended that you do considering that VLC Media Player 2.0.7 fixes several security issues in previous versions of the application.

The change log over at the official VideoLAN website lists three vulnerabilities that the developers have resolved in VLC 2.0.7.

  • Two XSS (cross site scripting) vulnerabilities have been fixed in the player's web user interface.
  • A memory exhaustion vulnerability in playlist files has been fixed as well.

The new version fixes regressions in the player's ActiveX plugin for Microsoft Internet Explorer on top of that.

It is recommended that you update the player even if you believe that you are not affected by the vulnerabilities as the team has also fixed a memory leak in the player's video converter when creating AVI files, and a crash in VLC's Mac OS X port.

vlc media player 2.0.7

Audio decoding fixes have been implemented to several important audio formats including mp3, aac, WMA PRo or MPEG 4 ALS.

The track selection has been fixed for users on PowerPC machines, and translations have been updated and new ones added to the player (Azerbaijani, Kirgyz, Oriya).

You can check for updates by visiting the official site directly, or by opening VLC Media Player on your system and using the Help > Check for updates menu instead to do so.

VLC 2.0.7 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

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Comments

  1. Ficho said on June 10, 2013 at 9:47 am
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    Version of Mozilla plugin is still 2.0.6 .
    I didn’t install ActiveX plugin and I installed VLC
    2.0.7 “over the top” without uninstalling 2.0.6 version.

  2. Redgrave said on June 10, 2013 at 10:39 am
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    The most annoying thing about VLC is that in 2013 it still doesn’t remember that last position of the movie you were watching before you had to close it.
    I refuse to believe it’s such a hard feature to implement and it’s impossible for me to understand why the developers never considered this option important.

  3. ilev said on June 10, 2013 at 10:40 am
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    I am waiting for the portable version.

  4. Ficho said on June 10, 2013 at 10:53 am
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    Also there is no free Aspect Ratio (no Aspect Ratio) option.
    I use 16:10 in VLC.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 10, 2013 at 11:34 am
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      You can change the aspect ration under Video > Aspect Ratio in VLC.

  5. ilev said on June 10, 2013 at 11:46 am
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    VLC uninstalls previous version before installing the new version.

  6. ilev said on June 10, 2013 at 11:52 am
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    All platforms including portable versions :

    http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.0.7/

  7. Conrad said on June 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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    The 64-bit version not updated at this writing. Why do they have to bury the link? Plenty of Windows 64-bit installations are out there. I’ve found the 64-bit beta works better than the 32-bit RTM.

  8. Tim said on June 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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    “Audio decoding fixes have been implemented to several important audio formats including mp3”

    I wonder whether that was what was making my MP3’s sound terrible in VLC player? I switched back to Windows Media Player because my MP3’s were distorting really really badly, even at very low volumes (a bit like when you turn the volume up to full and the bass distorts).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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      The only way to find out is to try it I suppose ;)

    2. Aaron W said on August 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm
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      i am still using vlc 1.1.8 (thank god i kept that setup file archived!) simply because i noticed HORRIBLE sound distortion in v2.0. at first i was freaked out, thinking my speakers were going bad, but after testing videos in other programs, i realized vlc was the culprit. i have a feeling i’m going to be using v1.1.8 for a while, as last time i checked a new update it still had not been fixed.

  9. Simon said on June 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm
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    For me it sounds minimally distorted at 100%, but as soon as I raise it a little it becomed noise city.

    So, what about sticking to a dedicated audio player?

  10. GodHatesFigs said on June 11, 2013 at 3:44 am
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    @Redgrave
    KMPlayer does that faultlessly!

  11. Rick in atlanta said on June 12, 2013 at 3:37 am
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    For those who are looking for the 64 bit version of VLC, its available now.

    Follow this link: http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/2.0.7/
    and then enter the WIN64 subdirectory.

    The date/time shows it was added on June 11, 2013 around 10:30pm.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 12, 2013 at 3:49 am
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      Thanks Rick.

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