Apple QuickTime SMIL File Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 07.11.07
Jul 11, 2007
QuickTime is Apple's media player product used to render video and other
media. For more information visit http://www.apple.com/quicktime/
The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) provides a
high-level scripting syntax for describing multimedia presentations.
SMIL files are text files that use XML-based syntax to specify what
media elements to present, and where and when to present them.
Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in Apple
Computer Inc.'s QuickTime media player could allow attackers to execute
arbitrary code in the context of the targeted user.
The vulnerability specifically exists in QuickTime players handling of
the title and author fields in an SMIL file. When parsing an SMIL file,
arithmetic calculations can cause insufficient memory to be allocated.
When copying in user-supplied data from the SMIL file, a heap-based
buffer overflow occurs. This results in a potentially exploitable
Exploitation could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the
context of the current user.
In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must persuade a user
into using QuickTime to open a specially crafted SMIL file. This could
be accomplished using a malicious SMIL file referenced from a website
under the attacker's control.
iDefense Labs confirmed this vulnerability exists in version 7.1.3 and
7.1.5 of QuickTime on Windows and Mac OS X. Previous versions are
suspected to be vulnerable.
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workarounds for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Apple has released QuickTime 7.2 which resolves this issue. More
information is available via Apple's QuickTime Security Update page at
the URL shown below.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-2394 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
04/02/2007 Initial vendor notification
04/09/2007 Initial vendor response
07/11/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by David Vaartjes from ITsec
Security Services http://www.itsec-ss.nl/.
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