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ZDI-08-037: Apple QuickTime Indeo Video Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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Date: Tue Jun 10 2008 - 18:55:39 GMT
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ZDI-08-037: Apple QuickTime Indeo Video Buffer Overflow Vulnerability http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-08-037 June 10, 2008

  • CVE ID: CVE-2008-1584
  • Affected Vendors: Apple
  • Affected Products: Apple Quicktime
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  • Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Apple Quicktime Player. 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 parsing of Quicktime files that utilize the Indeo video codec. A lack of proper bounds checking withing Indeo.qtx can result in a stack based buffer overflow leading to arbitrary code
execution under the context of the currently logged in user.

  • Vendor Response: Apple has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:


  • Disclosure Timeline: 2008-02-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2008-06-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory
  • Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by:
    • Anonymous
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