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Apple QuickTime PICT heap buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#448745

Original Release Date: 2007-03-06 | Last Revised: 2007-03-09


The Apple QuickTime player contains a heap buffer overflow vulnerability. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or create a denial-of-service condition.


PICT is a graphics file format that was used by Apple Macintosh systems prior to OS X as their standard metafile format. OS X systems can open and display PICT files.

Apple QuickTime contains a heap buffer overflow vulnerability. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running QuickTime. By convincing a user to open a specially crafted PICT file with QuickTime, an attacker can trigger the overflow.

Apple iTunes includes the QuickTime player.

Note that this vulnerability may be present in QuickTime versions prior to 7.1.5 running on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker can execute arbitrary code or create a denial-of-service condition. The crafted QuickTime PICT file may be supplied on a web page, in an email for the victim to select, or by some other means designed to encourage them to invoke QuickTime on the exploit file.


Apple has released QuickTime 7.5 to address this issue.

Do not allow browsers to open QuickTime automatically

Until updates can be applied, do not allow your web browser to open files associated with QuickTime automatically. Consult your web browser's documentation or the references section of this document for more information.

Do not open multimedia files from untrusted sources

Do not open multimedia files that are from untrusted or unknown sources. For more information, please see Using Caution with Email Attachments.

Limit privileges

Running QuickTime with reduced privileges may help mitigate the effects of this vulnerability. Users with administrator access can run QuickTime with reduced privileges by following the instructions in Microsoft knowledgebase article 294676.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer, Inc.

Updated:  March 06, 2007



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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


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CVSS Metrics

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Thanks to Apple for information that was used in this report. Apple in turn thanks Mike Price of McAfee AVERT Labs.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0715
Severity Metric: 4.81
Date Public: 2007-03-06
Date First Published: 2007-03-06
Date Last Updated: 2007-03-09 15:02 UTC
Document Revision: 16

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