Apple QuickTime Code Execution

Notification Type: IBM Internet Security Systems Protection Advisory
Notification Date: May 29, 2007
Notification Version: 1.0
Name: Apple QuickTime Code Execution
Public disclosure/
In the wild date:
May 29, 2007 (vuln disclosure)
CVE: CVE-2007-2388

X-Force is currently tracking a vulnerability in Apple QuickTime for Java that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system. This vulnerability is similar in nature to CVE-2007-2175, but accessed via different methods and was not patched by Apple's Quicktime 7.1.6 Update.


John McDonald, Paul Griswold, and Tom Cross, researchers for IBM ISS X-Force


ISS Coverage

Product Content Version
Network Sensor 7.0
Proventia A
Proventia IPS (G/GX)
Server Sensor 7.0
Proventia Multifunction Appliance
Proventia Server (Linux)
Proventia Server (Windows)
Proventia Desktop
RealSecure Desktop 7.0 EQH
BlackICE PC Protection 3.6 CQH
Propagation Techniques ISS Protection Available
remote exploit HTTP_QuickTime_Java_Code_Exec May 8, 2007

Detailed Description

Business Impact: Apple QuickTime versions 7.1.6 and earlier expose a vulnerability related to Java handling. If Java and Quicktime are enabled in the browser, a remote attacker could create a specially-crafted QuickTime for Java file that could execute arbitrary code on the system. This exploit requires the victim to run a malicious Java application or visit a Web site hosting a specially-crafted applet.
CVSS: Base Score: 8
  Access Vector: Remote
Access Complexity: High
Authentication: Not Required
Confidentiality Impact: Complete 
Integrity Impact: Complete 
Availability Impact: Complete 
Impact Bias: Normal 
Adjusted Temporal Score: 5.9
  Exploitability: Unproven
Remediation Level: Workaround
Report Confidence: Confirmed 
Affected Products:

 QuickTime: Any version prior to 7.1.6

Technical Description:

Apple QuickTime for Java extends media handling capability to Java application developers.  Vulnerabilities exist in some of the methods available to developers which use JNI to call into native code.  These methods allow for traditional memory corruption that is not typically possible through Java.

The most likely attack vector would come in the form of a malicious web site hosting a specially-crafted QuickTime for Java applet.  We have seen this type of vulnerability leveraged in the past as a malware dropper.


Disabling Java in the browser will prevent the exploitation of this vulnerability.

On Windows systems, renaming QTJavaNative.dll and QTJava.dll in the C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\ directory does prevent the attacks from working, but otherwise appears to leave QuickTime unaffected.

Users should be careful not to allow the instatiation of Java applets from untrusted sources.

See References for Apple's patch.



Revision History

1.0 Initial publication.

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