An .mp4 file is a common file extension which wraps movies, video clips, etc.

Can this file contain viruses?

Or, to rephrase the question, if I open it with a common video player (such as Windows Media Player) can this result in my computer being infected with a virus?

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    I wish there was a canonical answer to these questions, because any file could contain a virus. Additionally, nearly any software is capable of containing vulnerabilities. A quick Google search shows vulnerabilities in Windows Media player, some that result from video files: cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-26/product_id-1032/… Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 20:43
  • @multithr3at3d I'd be very surprised if a PPM parser was found to be vulnerable.
    – forest
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 20:52


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