Apple QuickTime 7.7.3 PICT File memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, has been found in Apple QuickTime 7.7.3 (Multimedia Player Software). This issue affects an unknown part of the component PICT File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to 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. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

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 REGION record in a PICT file.

The bug was discovered 11/07/2012. The weakness was published 11/07/2012 by Mark Yason with IBM ISS X-Force as HT5581 as confirmed advisory (Apple Security Announce). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2011-1374 since 03/10/2011. The exploitation is known to be difficult. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 04/19/2021).

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 vulnerability database at Tenable (62890).







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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 ID: 803047
OpenVAS Name: Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities - Nov12 (Windows)
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Advisory: HT5581
Researcher: Mark Yason
Organization: IBM ISS X-Force
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CVE: CVE-2011-1374 (🔍)

Vulnerability Center: 37127 - Apple QuickTime < 7.7.3 Buffer Overflow Allows Remote Code Execution \\ DoS via Crafted PICT File, Medium
SecurityFocus: 56549 - Apple QuickTime CVE-2011-1374 Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 51226 - Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 87094


Created: 11/09/2012 12:25 PM
Updated: 04/19/2021 08:26 AM
Changes: 11/09/2012 12:25 PM (84), 04/20/2017 10:09 PM (4), 04/19/2021 08:26 AM (3)
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