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Apple QuickTime code execution vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#797875

Original Release Date: 2007-11-14 | Last Revised: 2007-11-14


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.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  November 14, 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 Dylan Ashe of Adobe Systems Incorporated for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2395
Severity Metric: 26.50
Date Public: 2007-11-05
Date First Published: 2007-11-14
Date Last Updated: 2007-11-14 22:50 UTC
Document Revision: 11

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