Apple QuickTime dref Atom Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ID ZDI-14-046
Type zdi
Reporter Tom Gallagher & Paul Bates
Modified 2014-11-09T00:00:00


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 handling of the dref atom. It is possible for an attacker to nest atoms within the dref atom that have sizes larger than the enclosing atom. By leveraging this vulnerability, an attacker can execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user.