Shaleen Jain

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Fuzzing libVLC - The Architecture

Introduction to this blog post here

๐Ÿ”— The Architecture

I met with the VLC developers and my mentor at the VideoLabs office in Paris and after a few meetings and discussions we had a pretty good idea on how we could fuzz test libVLC and the VLC core most appropriately.

In VLC, except the core, everything is a module. There are over 200+ modules in VLC along with libVLCCore and libVLC.

The main module categories that take an input are:

The VLC core tries to load the modules of these categories in the following order:

Access => Demux => [Packetizer] => Decoder => [Filter] => Out

We decided we would fuzz test at least the demux API, the decoder API, the packetizer API and possibly the video filter API's which loads modules with these capabilities.

Along with writing the fuzz targets for these API's, I also need to provide a corpus of sample input so that libfuzzer can provide a structured input according to the video format/codec and not trip up the parse just because the basic headers and magic numbers were not in place.

We have an end goal of eventually setting up an continuous fuzzing server either on ClusterFuzz by OSS-Fuzz or a server hosted by VideoLan. Using OSS-Fuzz has a lot of advantages such as their 1000+ CPU infrastructure, streamlined process, automated issue tracker, well tested and good documentation. But we have yet to decided which direction we'll go from here.

Got any questions or comments? Drop me a message on Twitter @shalzzj or comment below.