NIST Site Search
Custom Search
[Official NIST.GOV TIME]
Product Research

Advertise on this site
Possible Cross-Platform 0Day in Apple's Quicktime Music Player
Apple's Quicktime music player in combination with Safari has been identified as the attack vector that won last week's $10,000 prize at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver. But it turns out that the vulnerability not only extends to other OSX browsers but also possibly to Windows and PPC Macs as well. Updated: Possible Exploit Released. Fix released on May 1st. See below.No Longer Supported
The Quicktime bug seems to be passed to it by a Java capable web browser using the Quicktime for Java interface (QT4J). Any web browser that supports Java will become a vulnerability vector if Quicktime is installed. If Java support is disabled in the browser it can no longer be used for an attack.

Currently Safari and Firefox are confirmed vectors on the MacIntel OSX platform. Currently it is known that Windows Quicktime is vulnerable as well. What is not known is to what degree. If the attack is a buffer overflow an actual "exploiting the box" type attack may be OS specific. In other words Quicktime under Windows may simply crash or hang the computer if the same exploit code is used. Converting a buffer overflow in to a full fledged exploit takes time and is not always possible. But they did it on the OSX platform so it is entirely possible that someone can do it on the Windows platform as well. However, if the exploit simply takes advantage of a function built-in to Quicktime than the current exploit may work on both platforms.

Details are still emerging and part of the contest rules gives 3COM (parent company of TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative) control over what information is released. This will limit malicious use of the bug until someone else figures it out, or until the information leaks out. Either way there is probably a little time available to allow TippingPoint to update their firewall product and Apple to fix the problem.

The exploit requires that the user visit a malicious web page, either by chance or by clicking on a malicious link.

  • Turn off Java support in your browser
  • Uninstall Quicktime
  • If you use Firefox use the NoScript plugin to disallow Java on a site by site basis. There is some confusion on how to turn "Java" in the NoScript plugin. This screen shot should help. Please keep in mind that Java and JavaScript are not the same thing. This problem involves "Java". If you use Firefox you can download the latest version of NoScript at
  • Apple Released a Fix to this on May 1st, QuickTime version 7.1.6

Discovery credit goes to Dino Di Zovie. "Think of it as a problem that can be triggered only if Java is enabled." said Thomas Ptacek on the group's Matasano blog.

More information as it becomes available.

  • 4/25 PM: Matasano Security's Thomas Ptacek is quoting "multiple credible sources" that the entire contest took place over an unsecure wireless network. Why is that important? Because in a room full of hackers some of them were surely sniffing (monitoring) the whole thing. There are unconfirmed reports that someone in that room has recreated the exploit and is releasing it in to the wild. The contest organizers are disputing this saying that the wireless access point was only used to route traffic out to the internet and that the Macbooks involved were on a wired connection. But that doesn't mean that an exploit wasn't reverse engineered by other means. So if you haven't taken measures to protect your computers yet now is the time.
  • 4/25 PM: Secunia has released Secunia Advisory #SA25011 rated as "Highly Critical". The advisory states that the vulnerability affects Apple Quicktime versions 3.x through 7.x

Share or Bookmark this Article Using:
| furl | reddit | | magnoliacom | digg | newsvine | stumble it |


Posted by on Wednesday 25 April 2007 - 16:11:18 | |printer friendly
Translate to: French German Italian Spanish Portuguese GTM_LAN_DUTCH Russian Chinese Arabic Korean English
Google Ads

Curl error: 6, Could not resolve host: (DNS server returned answer with no data)

»NIST Seeks Comments on Guidance for Protecting Access to Information Systems
»Study Reveals Forensic Facial Examiners Can Be Near Perfect
»Pilot Projects to Improve Cybersecurity, Reduce Online Theft
»NIST Releases Draft Framework to Help Cyber Physical Systems Developers
»NCCoE Seeks Comments on Revised Software Asset Management Building Block
»NIST Global City Teams Challenge Aims to Create Smart Cities
»NIST Physicists Show Molecules Made of Light May Be Possible
»Hands Off! NIST Helps Bring Contactless Fingerprint Technology to Market
»NIST Invites Industry to Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Workshop, October 1-2, 2015
»Draft Guide Can Help Energy Companies Reduce Cyber Risk
»NIST Hosts 2015 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum, Sept. 9-11 in D.C.
»NCCoE Seeks Vendors to Develop Model Systems for Controlling Access to IT Assets
»Interagency Report Advocates Support for International Cybersecurity Standardization
»U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Six Experts as New Members of National Commission on Forensic Science
»NIST Releases SHA-3 Cryptographic Hash Standard

Date published: not known

»Microsoft Releases October 2015 Security Bulletin
Original release date: October 13, 2015 Microsoft has released six updates to address vulnera ...
»Adobe Releases Security Updates for Reader and Acrobat
Original release date: October 13, 2015 Adobe has released security updates to address multip ...
»IC3 Releases Alert on Microchip-Enabled Credit Cards
Original release date: October 08, 2015 | Last revised: October 13, 2015 The Internet Crime C ...
»VMware Releases Security Advisory
Original release date: October 01, 2015 VMware has released security updates to address secur ...
»Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X El Capitan, Safari, and iOS
Original release date: September 30, 2015 Apple has released security updates for OS X El Cap ...
»Google Releases Security Update for Chrome
Original release date: September 25, 2015 Google has released Chrome version 45.0.2454.101 to ...
»Cisco Semiannual Security Advisory Bundle
Original release date: September 24, 2015 Cisco has released its semiannual IOS and IOS XE So ...
»Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Firefox
Original release date: September 22, 2015 The Mozilla Foundation has released security update ...
»Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player
Original release date: September 21, 2015 Adobe has released security updates to address mult ...
»VMware Releases Security Update
Original release date: September 17, 2015 VMware has released a security update to address a ...

Date published: not known

»Throwback Thursday: Misguided or malevolent? New trends in virus writing
This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to February 2004 when Stuart Taylor wondered whether ...
»VB2015 'Steganoprague' competition
Use your steganography-detection skills and win a pile of books. As VB2015 is about to begin, we ann ...
»Throwback Thursday: The First International Virus Bulletin Conference
This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to October 1991 to take a look back at the first eve ...
»Researchers seek ransomware samples for their generic solution
VB2015 presentation to include demonstration of technique against recent samples. 'The scary hack th ...
»Throwback Thursday: Virus Writer and Distributors 'Attributable Viruses'
This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to July 1990, when VB looked at virus origins and so ...
»VB2015 last-minute papers announced
Ten talks covering hot research added to the VB2015 programme. There are just over two weeks to go u ...
»Paper: Custom packer defeats multiple automation systems
Combination of anti-automation, anti-VM and anti-reverse engineering to make researchers' lives hard ...
»Throwback Thursday: Computer Viruses: Electronically Transmitted Disease?
This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to March 2003, when VB reported on a piece of resear ...
»VB2015: some important information
Last-minute papers, steganography competition and foosball tournament. We're just a little over a mo ...

Date published: not known

Date published: not known
Main Menu
· Home
Current Security News
SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON: green


[13 Oct 2015 11:37am]

[13 Oct 2015 11:35am]

[12 Oct 2015 08:41pm]

[12 Oct 2015 03:46pm]

[12 Oct 2015 10:24am]

[11 Oct 2015 08:52pm]

[10 Oct 2015 06:07pm]

[09 Oct 2015 02:51pm]

[08 Oct 2015 08:09pm]

[08 Oct 2015 06:39pm]


» Microsoft defends opening Hotmail account of blogger in espionage case
[20 Mar 2014 06:47pm]

» Syria's Internet goes dark for several hours
[20 Mar 2014 04:25pm]

» Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett
[20 Mar 2014 03:07pm]

» Microsoft sniffed blogger's Hotmail account to trace leak
[20 Mar 2014 01:28pm]

» Microsoft sniffed private Hotmail account to trace trade secret leak
[20 Mar 2014 01:28pm]

» IBM's new services zero in on fraud, financial crime
[20 Mar 2014 07:31am]

» Despite assault on privacy, Page sees value in online openness
[19 Mar 2014 08:00pm]

» Hackers transform EA Web page into Apple ID phishing scheme
[19 Mar 2014 05:21pm]

» NSA top lawyer says tech giants knew about data collection
[19 Mar 2014 02:57pm]

» Microsoft touts study showing the cost of pirated software
[19 Mar 2014 06:55am]

» Microsoft touts study showing cost of malware in pirated software
[19 Mar 2014 06:55am]

» How to spy on your lover, the smartphone way
[18 Mar 2014 01:24pm]

» Mt. Gox update lets users see their Bitcoin balances
[18 Mar 2014 06:38am]

» Fake Malaysia Airlines links spread malware
[17 Mar 2014 05:12pm]

» IBM: No, we did not help NSA spy on customers
[17 Mar 2014 01:15pm]




More IT Security
News Feeds
More Sponsors

Advertise on this site
RSS Feeds
Our news can be syndicated by using these rss feeds.
Symantec News is in no way connected to the U.S. government site

This site is © John Herron, CISSP. All Rights Reserved.

Please visit daily to stay up to date on all your IT Security compliance issues. -
Hosted by BlueHost. We've never had a better hosting company.