Apple QuickTime BMP buffer overflow

quicktime-bmp-bo (26402) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Apple QuickTime is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by improper handling of malformed BMP image files. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted BMP file to execute arbitrary code on a victim's system or cause the victim's QuickTime application to crash.


Gain Access


Apply the Apple QuickTime 7.1 Update, available from the Apple Web site. See References.


  • Apple QuickTime 7.1 Update: About the security content of the QuickTime 7.1 Update .
  • US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-132B: Apple QuickTime Vulnerabilities.
  • BID-17953: Apple QuickTime Multiple Integer and Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2006-2238: Heap-based buffer overflow in Apple QuickTime before 7.1 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted BMP file that triggers the overflow in the ReadBMP function. NOTE: this issue was originally included as item 3 in CVE-2006-1983, but it has been given a separate identifier because it is a distinct issue.
  • OSVDB ID: 24820: Apple QuickTime BMP Processing ReadBMP() Function Overflow
  • SA20069: QuickTime Multiple Code Execution Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1016067: Apple QuickTime Buffer Overflows in Processing JPEG/BMP/FlashPix/PICT Images and QuickTime/AVI/MPEG4/Flash Movies Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple QuickTime 7.0
  • Apple QuickTime 7.0.1
  • Apple QuickTime 7.0.2
  • Apple QuickTime 7.0.3
  • Apple QuickTime 7.0.4
  • Apple QuickTime 7.0.8


May 11, 2006

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