Apple QuickTime 7.7.3 TeXML File Handling text3GTrack memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Apple QuickTime 7.7.3 (Multimedia Player Software). This vulnerability affects the function text3GTrack of the component TeXML File Handling. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. The product 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Buffer overflow in Apple QuickTime before 7.7.3 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (application crash) via a crafted transform attribute in a text3GTrack element in a QuickTime TeXML file.

The bug was discovered 11/07/2012. The weakness was shared 11/07/2012 by Alexander Gavrun (CHkr_D591) with Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) as HT5581 as confirmed advisory (Apple Security Announce). The advisory is shared for download at The vendor cooperated in the coordination of the public release. This vulnerability was named CVE-2012-3758 since 06/19/2012. The exploitation appears to be difficult. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details and also a private exploit are known.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 62890 (QuickTime < 7.7.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities (Windows)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 120058 (Apple QuickTime Prior to 7.7.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APPLE-SA-2012-11-07-1)).

Upgrading to version 7.7.3 eliminates this vulnerability. The upgrade is hosted for download at A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 12744.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (79898), Tenable (62890), SecurityFocus (BID 56438†), OSVDB (87093†) and Secunia (SA51226†).







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Nessus ID: 62890
Nessus Name: QuickTime < 7.7.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities (Windows)
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OpenVAS Name: Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities - Nov12 (Windows)
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Advisory: HT5581
Researcher: Alexander Gavrun (CHkr_D591)
Organization: Zero Day Initiative (ZDI)
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CVE: CVE-2012-3758 (🔍)

X-Force: 79898 - Apple QuickTime text3GTrack buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1027737 - Apple QuickTime Multiple Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 37130 - Apple QuickTime <7.7.3 Buffer Overflow Allows Remote Code Execution \\ DoS - CVE-2012-3758, Medium
SecurityFocus: 56438 - Apple QuickTime Prior To 7.7.3 Multiple Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 51226 - Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 87093


Created: 11/09/2012 12:23 PM
Updated: 04/19/2021 08:19 AM
Changes: 11/09/2012 12:23 PM (95), 04/20/2017 10:10 PM (5), 04/19/2021 08:19 AM (3)
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