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Apple QuickTime "file: URL" arbitrary code execution

Vulnerability Note VU#132419

Original Release Date: 2008-06-10 | Last Revised: 2008-06-10


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.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  June 10, 2008



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Apple has addressed this vulnerability in QuickTime 7.5 release.

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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
Severity Metric: 18.25
Date Public: 2008-06-09
Date First Published: 2008-06-10
Date Last Updated: 2008-06-10 19:25 UTC
Document Revision: 8

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