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Apple QuickTime fails to properly handle corrupt media files

Vulnerability Note VU#921193

Original Release Date: 2006-01-11 | Last Revised: 2006-01-12


Apple QuickTime contains a heap overflow vulnerability in the handling of media files which may allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service on a vulnerable system.


Apple's QuickTime Player is multimedia software that allows users to view local and remote audio, video, and image content. Quicktime contains a heap overflow vulnerability in code that handles the stsd atom of a media file.

This vulnerability may be triggered by using the QuickTime Player or an application that uses the QuickTime plug-in, such as a web browser.

Note that this issue affects QuickTime installations on both Apple Mac and Windows operating systems.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service if the user is persuaded to view a specially crafted media file.


Install an update
Apple has addressed this issue with Quicktime 7.0.4, as specified in Apple Support Document 303101.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  January 11, 2006



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.


Please see Apple Support Document 303101.

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This vulnerability was reported by Apple Product Security, who in turn credit Karl Lynn of eEye Digital Security.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2005-4092
Severity Metric: 43.88
Date Public: 2006-01-10
Date First Published: 2006-01-11
Date Last Updated: 2006-01-12 21:45 UTC
Document Revision: 16

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