SoundTouch WavFileBase Class Denial of Service Vulnerability [CVE-2018-17098]

CVE Number – CVE-2018-17098

A vulnerability in the WavFileBase class of the SoundTouch library could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on a targeted system.The vulnerability exists in the WavFileBase class of the affected software and is due to heap corruption that could occur in the WavOutFile::write function, as defined in the WavFile.cpp source code file. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user to access an audio file that submits malicious input to the targeted system. A successful exploit could trigger heap corruption, resulting in a DoS condition.Proof-of-concept (PoC) code that demonstrates an exploit of this vulnerability is publicly available.SoundTouch has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.


  • To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker may use misleading language or instructions to persuade a user to access an audio file that submits malicious input to the targeted system.


  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.Administrators are advised to use an unprivileged account when browsing the Internet.Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.Users are advised not to open email messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in email messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.Users are advised not to visit websites or follow links that have suspicious characteristics or cannot be verified as safe.

Vendor Announcements

  • SoundTouch has released an issue report at the following link: Issue #14

Fixed Software

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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