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Apple ColorSync buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#449440

Original Release Date: 2007-03-14 | Last Revised: 2007-03-14


Apple ColorSync contains a buffer overflow vulnerability that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.


ColorSync is Apple's color management API. OS X applications and devices can use ColorSync profiles to determine how colors in images should be interpreted.

ColorSync contains a stack based buffer overflow. An attacker may be able to trigger the overflow by convincing a user to open an image with specially crafted embedded ColorSync profile.

From Apple's Color Management with Mac OS X Panther document:
Based on the Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.4 standard, Quartz is the native Mac OS X 2D drawing engine that generates text, vector, and raster images onscreen. Applications that use Quartz automatically support ColorSync. These applications include Preview, Mail, and Safari𠅊ll of which come with Panther.

Any application, including Safari, Mail and Preview, that can open images and process their ColorSync profiles may be affected by this vulnerability.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code by convincing a user to open a webpage, email message, or image file.



Apple has issued an upgrade to address this issue. See Apple Security Update 2007-003 for more details.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer, Inc.

Updated:  March 13, 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 thanks Tom Ferris of Security-Protocols for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0719
Severity Metric: 10.33
Date Public: 2007-03-13
Date First Published: 2007-03-14
Date Last Updated: 2007-03-14 13:50 UTC
Document Revision: 17

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