Apple Mac OS X up to 10.6.2 memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Apple Mac OS X up to 10.6.2 (Operating System). This issue affects an unknown code block. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Heap-based buffer overflow in QuickTime in Apple Mac OS X before 10.6.3 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (application crash) via a crafted movie file with M-JPEG encoding, which causes QuickTime to calculate a buffer size using height and width fields, but to use a different field to control the length of a copy operation.

The weakness was presented 03/30/2010 by Damian Put with TippingPoint as HT4077 as confirmed advisory (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2010-0517. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 45372 (Mac OS X 10.6.x < 10.6.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 10.6.0 eliminates this vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 8413.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (45372). See 50877, 52475, 52474 and 52473 for similar entries.






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 45372
Nessus Name: Mac OS X 10.6.x < 10.6.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 102039
OpenVAS Name: get_kb_item(ssh/login/osx_name
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Advisory: HT4077
Researcher: Damian Put
Organization: TippingPoint
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2010-0517 (🔍)

Vulnerability Center: 25294 - QuickTime in Apple MacOS X Remote Arbitrary Code Execution via a Movie File with M-JPEG Encoding, Medium
SecurityFocus: 39154 - Apple QuickTime M-JPEG Data '.mov' File Remote Heap Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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Created: 03/19/2015 12:22 PM
Updated: 09/06/2021 10:28 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 12:22 PM (62), 02/22/2017 01:33 PM (10), 09/06/2021 10:22 AM (4), 09/06/2021 10:28 AM (1)
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