TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Apple QuickTime Panorama Atom Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-260: December 7th, 2010


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Apple Quicktime. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that a user must be coerced into visiting a malicious page or opening a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within Apple's support for Panoramic Images and occurs due to the application trusting a particular field for calculation of an offset. Due to the field being treated as a signed integer, the calculated offset can result in a pointer outside the bounds of the expected buffer. Upon usage of this out-of-bounds pointer, the application will write proceed to write image data to the invalid location. Successful exploitation can lead to code execution under the context of the application.

Vendor Response

Apple has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-03-22 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-12-07 - Coordinated public release of advisory


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