TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Apple QuickTime ID3 Tag Heap Buffer Overflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-16-002: January 8th, 2016


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Affected Products

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

The specific flaw exists within the parsing of ID3 version tags in MP3 files. By providing a malformed TXXX frame, an attacker can cause data to be written past the end of an allocated heap buffer. 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

    2015-10-06 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2016-01-08 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Jaanus Kp - Clarified Security