Vulnerability Note VU#540348

Apple QuickTime fails to properly handle FlashPix files

Original Release date: 13 Sep 2006 | Last revised: 13 Sep 2006

Overview

Apple QuickTime fails to properly handle FlashPix files. This vulnerability may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service condition.

Description

Apple's QuickTime Player is multimedia software that allows users to view local and remote audio, video, and image content. According to Apple:

    By carefully crafting a corrupt FlashPix file, an attacker can trigger an exception leaving an uninitialized object. This may lead to an application crash or arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user.

This vulnerability may be triggered by sending the QuickTime Player, or an application that uses the QuickTime plug-in, a specially crafted FlashPix file.

Note that this issue affects QuickTime installations on both Apple Mac and Windows operating systems.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service condition.

Solution

Upgrade QuickTime
Apple has addressed this issue with QuickTime 7.1.3 as specified in Apple Support Document 304357.


Disable QuickTime in your web browser

An attacker may be able to exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user to access a specially crafted file with a web browser. Disabling QuickTime in your web browser will defend against this attack vector. For more information, refer to the Securing Your Web Browser document.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-13 Sep 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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References

Credit

This issue was reported in Apple Support Document 304357. Apple credits Mike Price of McAfee AVERT Labs for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4389
  • Date Public: 12 Sep 2006
  • Date First Published: 13 Sep 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 13 Sep 2006
  • Severity Metric: 27.00
  • Document Revision: 10

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