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Researchers hack into computers by using subtitle files

Researchers hack into computers by using subtitle files

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Security researchers have found a way for computers to hack through files that subtitles provide for videos.

Researchers from the company Check Point have discovered that video players like VLC, Kodi and Popcorn Time were vulnerable to the problem.

In a video shows how a file name with srt extension will be loaded to a film of subtitles. In the background is then silently execute code that allows a hacker full control over a computer can take over.

Exact details about the vulnerability were not disclosed. Check Point says that the leak comes from the fact that video players many different ondertitelformaten want to support, and therefore the security is not in order.

According to the researchers worldwide, hundreds of millions of users of video players to be vulnerable to the leak. In the latest version of VLC are four separate updates have been implemented that will have the problem fixed. For Kodi and Popcorn Time appear soon updates.

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