Vulnerability Note VU#132419

Apple QuickTime "file: URL" arbitrary code execution

Original Release date: 10 Jun 2008 | Last revised: 10 Jun 2008


Apple QuickTime does not properly handle "file: URLs" which may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.


Apple QuickTime is a multiplatform multimedia software architecture which provides file format converters for more than 250 common image, video, and audio file formats.

Per the Apple advisory About the security content of QuickTime 7.5:

    A URL handling issue exists in QuickTime's handling of file: URLs. This may allow arbitrary applications and files to be launched when a user plays maliciously crafted QuickTime content in QuickTime Player.


By convincing a user to play a maliciously crafted QuickTime file, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Apple has addressed this vulnerability in QuickTime 7.5 release.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-10 Jun 2008
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Apple credits to Vinoo Thomas and Rahul Mohandas of McAfee Avert Labs, and Petko D. (pdp) Petkov of GNUCITIZEN working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Joseph Pruszynski.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-1585
  • Date Public: 09 Jun 2008
  • Date First Published: 10 Jun 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 10 Jun 2008
  • Severity Metric: 18.25
  • Document Revision: 8


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