TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Apple QuickTime code Atom Use-After-Free Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-15-289: July 1st, 2015


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Affected Products

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 the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the code atom within the Media Information (minf) atom. By malforming this atom, an attacker can cause memory to be accessed after it has been freed. An attacker could leverage this to execute arbitrary code under the context of the current user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2015-05-14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-07-01 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Steven Seeley of Source Incite