Vulnerability Note VU#797875

Apple QuickTime code execution vulnerability

Original Release date: 14 Nov 2007 | Last revised: 14 Nov 2007


Apple QuickTime contains a 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 use atom containers to organize movies and music tracks.

From Apple Article ID: 306896 "About the security content of QuickTime 7.3":

    A memory corruption issue exists in QuickTime's handling of image description atoms. By enticing a user to open a maliciously crafted movie file, an attacker may cause an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue by performing additional validation of QuickTime image descriptions.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to convince a user to open a specially crafted QuickTime movie which could be hosted on a web page or sent in an email.


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.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-14 Nov 2007
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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Apple credits Dylan Ashe of Adobe Systems Incorporated for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2395
  • Date Public: 05 Nov 2007
  • Date First Published: 14 Nov 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Nov 2007
  • Severity Metric: 26.50
  • Document Revision: 11


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