Feeds

Apple slams shut TEN code execution holes in QuickTime on Windows

Plus stability fix for iTunes on Redmond-powered PCs

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Apple has patched security vulnerabilities in the Windows version of its QuickTime media player that allowed malicious video files to execute arbitrary code.

The entertainment goliath said version 7.7.5 of QuickTime will fix 10 serious bugs that can be exploited to crash the software or pull off remote-code execution on Windows 7, Vista and XP PCs. The holes were reported by researchers at Microsoft, iDefense VCP, Tencent Security Team and others through HP's Zero Day Initiative.

According to Apple, the bugs are:

  1. An uninitialized pointer issue existed in the handling of track lists.
  2. A buffer overflow existed in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files.
  3. An out of bounds byte swapping issue existed in the handling of QuickTime image descriptions.
  4. A signedness issue existed in the handling of 'stsz' atoms.
  5. A buffer overflow existed in the handling of 'ftab' atoms.
  6. A memory corruption issue existed in the handling of 'dref' atoms.
  7. A buffer overflow existed in the handling of 'ldat' atoms.
  8. A buffer overflow existed in the handling of PSD images.
  9. An out of bounds byte swapping issue existed in the handling of 'ttfo' elements.
  10. A buffer overflow existed in the handling of 'clef' atoms.

Malware could end up on a vulnerable machine if the user visits a drive-by-download website that hosts a specially crafted movie; the QT player would open the file, triggering a bug and executing code to install software nasties.

The updates can be obtained through the Apple Software Update tool or from the company's security downloads page. Apple did not report any attacks in the wild targeting the flaws.

The Cupertino giant also released an update for its iTunes application on Windows. The 11.1.5 release remedies a stability issue that could cause a crash when devices are plugged into the machine, and fixes a flaw in the handling of Japanese text in the iTunes store.

The updates will only apply to Windows users, Apple having already given OS X owners plenty of patches to install already.

Earlier this week the company responded to public outcry by rushing out a fix for a high-profile flaw in an OS X Mavericks SSL library that rendered some encrypted connections, including those in Mail and the Safari web browser, vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack scenario in which information could be intercepted and decrypted by a third party.

Making matters worse, the security flaw only came to light after Apple first addressed the same bug in an update for the iOS mobile platform days earlier. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai
First time the cache network has seen drop in use of 32-bit-wide IP addresses
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.