Vulnerability Note VU#346396

Apple QuickDraw Manager fails to properly handle malicious PICT images

Original Release date: 02 Oct 2006 | Last revised: 02 Oct 2006


A vulnerability exists in how Apple OS X handles PICT images. If successfully exploited, this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, or create a denial-of-service condition.


From Apple,

    Certain applications invoke an unsupported QuickDraw operation to display PICT images. By carefully crafting a corrupt PICT image, an attacker can trigger memory corruption in these applications, which may lead to an application crash or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by preventing the unsupported operation.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user who opened the malicious file.


Apple has released an update that addresses this issue.

Do not open unknown files with privileged accounts

Opening unknown files using user accounts with limited privileges may mitigate the affects of this vulnerability. See the Home Network Security document for more details.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-02 Oct 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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This report was based on information in Apple Security Update 2006-006.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4395
  • Date Public: 29 Sep 2006
  • Date First Published: 02 Oct 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 02 Oct 2006
  • Severity Metric: 0.54
  • Document Revision: 24


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