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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Apple QuickTime ActiveX _Marshaled_pUnk Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
1 September 2010
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Zero Day Initiative
Operating System: Windows
Mac OS X
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2010-1818
Comment: While there is no update as yet to correct this vulnerability, Apple
has stated that they are aware of the issue and are working on a
solution. Users should always take care to only open QuickTime videos
from trusted sources.
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ZDI-10-168: Apple QuickTime ActiveX _Marshaled_pUnk Remote Code Execution
August 31, 2010
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- -- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Apple Quicktime. 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 QTPlugin.ocx ActiveX control. The
plugin accepts a parameter named _Marshaled_pUnk that it uses as a valid
pointer. By specifying invalid values an attacker can force the
application to jump to a controlled location in memory. This can be
exploited to execute remote code under the context of the user running
the web browser.
- -- Vendor Response:
This issue has been publicly disclosed by an independent researcher.
Update from Apple is still in progress.
- -- Disclosure Timeline:
2010-06-30 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2010-08-31 - Coordinated public release of advisory
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