Vulnerability Note VU#568689

Apple QuickTime 3GP integer overflow

Original Release date: 06 Mar 2007 | Last revised: 19 Mar 2007


A vulnerabilty in the way Apple QuickTime processes 3GP files may allow execution of arbitrary code.


A vulnerability exists in the way Apple QuickTime handles specially crafted 3GP files. According to Apple QuickTime 7.1.5 security document 305149:

    An integer overflow exists in QuickTime's handling of 3GP video files. By enticing a user to open a malicious movie, an attacker can trigger the overflow, which may lead to an application crash or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of 3GP video files.

This vulnerability may be triggered by sending a specially crafted 3GP file to QuickTime or an application that uses the QuickTime plug-in. Apple iTunes includes QuickTime.

Note that this issue does not affect QuickTime on Mac OS X.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. The crafted 3GP file may be supplied on a web page or in email for the victim to select, or by some other means designed to encourage them to invoke QuickTime on the exploit file.


This issue is addressed in Apple QuickTime 7.1.5 security document 305149. An update for Microsoft Windows is available on Apple Downloads and via Software Update.

Disable the QuickTime ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer

The vulnerable QuickTime ActiveX controls can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSIDs:


More information about how to set the kill bit is available in Microsoft Support Document 240797. Alternatively, the following text can be saved as a .REG file and imported to set the kill bit for these controls:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B}]
    "Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{4063BE15-3B08-470D-A0D5-B37161CFFD69}]
    "Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

Disable the QuickTime plug-in for Mozilla-based browsers

Users of Mozilla-based browsers, such as Firefox, can disable the QuickTime plugin as specified in the PluginDoc article Uninstalling Plugins.

Disable file association for QuickTime files

Disable the file association for QuickTime file types to help prevent Windows applications from using Apple QuickTime to open QuickTime files. This can be accomplished by deleting the following registry keys:

This will remove the association for approximately 32 file types that are configured to open with the QuickTime Player software.

Disable JavaScript

For instructions on how to disable JavaScript, please refer to the Securing Your Web Browser document. This can help prevent some attack techniques that use the QuickTime plug-in or ActiveX control.

Do not access QuickTime files from untrusted sources

Attackers may host malicious QuickTime files on web sites. In order to convince users to visit their sites, those attackers often use a variety of techniques to create misleading links including URL encoding, IP address variations, long URLs, and intentional misspellings. Do not click on unsolicited links received in email, instant messages, web forums, or internet relay chat (IRC) channels. Type URLs directly into the browser to avoid these misleading links. While these are generally good security practices, following these behaviors will not prevent exploitation of this vulnerability in all cases, particularly if a trusted site has been compromised or allows cross-site scripting.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-06 Mar 2007
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This issue is addressed in Apple QuickTime 7.1.5 security document 305149. Apple credits JJ Reyes for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0711
  • Date Public: 06 Mar 2007
  • Date First Published: 06 Mar 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 19 Mar 2007
  • Severity Metric: 16.20
  • Document Revision: 21


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