Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer
sp5xdec.c in the Sunplus SP5X JPEG decoder in libavcodec in FFmpeg before 0.6.3 and libav through 0.6.2, as used in VideoLAN VLC media player 1.1.9 and earlier and other products, performs a write operation outside the bounds of an unspecified array, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a malformed AMV file.
CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow
Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.