Apple sounds alarm over QuickTime flaws

by admin November 5, 2005 at 9:57 am

Apple Computer late Thursday issued an alert about flaws in its QuickTime media player that could allow a malicious attacker to launch a denial-of-service attack or remote code execution.

QuickTime versions 6.5.2 and 7.0.1 for the Mac OS X operating system are affected by the vulnerabilities, as well as some versions for Microsoft Windows, according to a Friday report by security company Secunia, which rated the vulnerabilities “highly critical.”

Apple has issued an update, QuickTime 7.0.3, to fix the four flaws. The patch was posted to Apple’s Web site on Oct. 12.

One vulnerability can result in a denial-of-service, or DOS, attack against any application loading remotely originated content. The flaw involves a missing movie attribute, which is interpreted as an extension. The absence of the actual extension, however, is not detected, resulting in a “dereference of a null pointer,” Apple warned.

Full story: CNET