Advisory Details

June 27th, 2012

Apple Quicktime Dataref URI Buffer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-12-103
ZDI-CAN-1369

CVE ID CVE-2011-3459
CVSS SCORE 7.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS Apple
AFFECTED PRODUCTS QuickTime
TIPPINGPOINT™ IPS CUSTOMER PROTECTION TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 12408. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of 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 occurs when parsing a movie file containing multiple atoms with a different string length. When resizing a buffer in order to make space for the string, the application will forget to include the null-terminator. When the application attempts to null-terminate the string, an out-of-bounds write will occur. If an aggressor can place the a useful heap buffer contiguous to the reallocated string, this can lead to code execution under the context of the applicaiton.

VENDOR RESPONSE Apple has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5130
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2011-10-21 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2012-06-27 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Luigi Auriemma
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