Multiple Vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime Could Allow Remote Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2013-053
Date(s) Issued: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Apple QuickTime that could allow remote code execution. Apple QuickTime Player is used to play media files on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits or is redirected to a specially crafted webpage or opens a specially crafted file, including an email attachment, using a vulnerable version of Apple QuickTime Player. Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Systems Affected: 
  • Apple QuickTime versions prior to 7.7.4 for Windows and Mac OS X
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

Multiple remote code execution vulnerabilities have been discovered in Apple QuickTime that could allow remote code execution. These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits or is redirected to a specially crafted webpage or opens a specially crafted file.

The vulnerabilities are as follows:

Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Actions: 
  • Apply appropriate patches provided by Apple to affected systems immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to download or open files from un-trusted websites.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to click links from unknown sources, or to click links without verifying the intended destination.
References: 
Apple:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5770
Security Focus:
http://www.securityfocus.com/advisories/28279
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/60086
CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1015
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1016
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1017
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1018
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1019
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1020
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1021
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1022
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0986
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0987
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0988
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0989