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Published: 22 November 2023

A binary hijacking vulnerability exists within the VideoLAN VLC media player before 3.0.19 on Windows. The uninstaller attempts to execute code with elevated privileges out of a standard user writable location. Standard users may use this to gain arbitrary code execution as SYSTEM.


Only affects VLC on Windows, Ubuntu is not affected



Cvss 3 Severity Score


Score breakdown


Package Release Status
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Not vulnerable
(Windows only)
focal Not vulnerable
(Windows only)
jammy Not vulnerable
(Windows only)
lunar Not vulnerable
(Windows only)
mantic Not vulnerable
(Windows only)
trusty Ignored
(end of standard support)
upstream Not vulnerable
(debian: Windows-specific)
xenial Not vulnerable
(Windows only)

Severity score breakdown

Parameter Value
Base score 7.8
Attack vector Local
Attack complexity Low
Privileges required Low
User interaction None
Scope Unchanged
Confidentiality High
Integrity impact High
Availability impact High
Vector CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H