ZDI-07-010: Apple Quicktime UDTA Parsing Heap Overflow Vulnerability
March 7, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Quicktime Player 7.1
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since May 23, 2006 by the pre-existing Digital Vaccine
protection filter ID 4411. For further product information on the
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Apple Quicktime. User interaction is
required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a
malicious page or open a malicious file.
The specific flaw exists within the parsing of forged size fields in
user-defined data atoms (UDTA). By setting this field to an overly
large value, an integer overflow occurs resulting in an exploitable
heap overflow. Successful exploitation results in code execution under
the context of the running user.
-- Vendor Response:
Apple has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.05.23 - Pre-existing Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint
2006.08.14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.03.07 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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