ZDI-06-020: Apple iTunes AAC File Parsing Integer Overflow Vulnerability
June 29, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since April 3, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4282. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Apple iTunes. Exploitation requires an
attacker to convince a target user into opening a malicious play list
The specific flaw exists during the processing of malicious AAC media
files such as those with extensions .M4A and .M4P. During the parsing
of the sample table size atom (STSZ), a malformed 'sample_size_table'
value can trigger an integer overflow leading to an exploitable memory
-- Vendor Response:
Apple has addressed this issue in the latest release of iTunes, version
6.0.5. More information is available from the vendor web site at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.04.03 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.04.07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.06.29 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by ATmaCA.
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