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Apple QuickTime buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#690515

Original Release Date: 2007-11-13 | Last Revised: 2007-11-13


Apple QuickTime contains a stack buffer overflow vulnerability. If exploited, this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute code.


Apple QuickTime is a media player that includes a browser plugin. QuickTime can display PICT images.

From Apple Article ID: 306896 "About the security content of QuickTime 7.3":
A stack buffer overflow exists in PICT image processing. By enticing a user to open a maliciously crafted image, an attacker may cause an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of PICT files. Credit to Ruben Santamarta of working with TippingPoint and the Zero Day Initiative for reporting this issue.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to convince a user to open a specially crafted PICT image, which could be hosted on a web page.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause QuickTime to crash.


Apple has addressed this issue in QuickTime 7.3.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  November 13, 2007



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.


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Apple credits Ruben Santamarta of and TippingPoint for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-4676
Severity Metric: 19.15
Date Public: 2007-11-05
Date First Published: 2007-11-13
Date Last Updated: 2007-11-13 16:32 UTC
Document Revision: 2

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