Advisory Details

July 23rd, 2014

(0Day) Apple QuickTime 'mvhd' Atom Heap Memory Corruption Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-14-264
ZDI-CAN-2082

CVE ID CVE-2014-4979
CVSS SCORE 6.8, (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS Apple
AFFECTED PRODUCTS QuickTime
TREND MICRO CUSTOMER PROTECTION Trend Micro TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 13489. 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 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 'mvhd' atom. By providing a malformed version and flags, an attacker is able to create controllable memory corruption, and trigger an arbitrary write operation. By exploiting this, an attacker could execute code in the context of the current user.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS


This vulnerability is being disclosed publicly without a patch in accordance with the ZDI 180 day deadline.

12/20/2013 - Disclosed to vendor
12/20/2013 - acknowledgement from vendor
05/30/2014 - Reminded vendor of 180-day deadline, 06/18/2014
05/30/2014 - Vendor advised update scheduled for 09/2014
07/23/2014 - Public release of advisory

-- Vendor Mitigation:

The vendor did not provide any mitigations.

-- Mitigation:

Given the stated purpose of QuickTime, and the nature of the vulnerability, the only salient mitigation strategy is to restrict interaction with the application to trusted media files.


DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2014-02-18 - Case submitted to the ZDI
  • 2014-07-23 - Public release of advisory
CREDIT Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
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