TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Apple QuickTime Kodak Encoding Heap Overflow Vulnerability

ZDI-08-017: April 3rd, 2008


Affected Vendors

Affected Products

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Apple QuickTime Player. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the quicktime.qts library responsible for parsing Kodak encoded images. A lack of proper error checking can result in a heap based buffer overflow leading to arbitrary code execution under the context of the currently logged in user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2008-02-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2008-04-03 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Ruben Santamarta of Reversemode.com