eEye Spots Unpatched iTunes, QuickTime Flaws

By Ryan Naraine  |  Posted 2005-11-18 Print this article Print

A private security research outfit flags two critical code execution vulnerabilities in two popular Apple products.

Researchers at eEye Digital Security have taken a bite out of two popular Apple Inc. products, flagging two critical vulnerabilities in the iTunes and QuickTime applications.

The flaws, which puts millions of Windows users at risk of code execution attacks, remain unpatched.

Steve Manzuik, security product manager on eEyes research team, said the newest version of iTunes, which was released by Apple two days ago, contains the vulnerability.

eEye has posted two brief notices on its upcoming advisories page with a warning that the flaws carry a "high risk" label.

"These vulnerabilities require that the user clicks on a link and launches a media file. But, once theyre exploited, we can run pretty much any piece of malicious code on the box," Manzuik said in an interview with Ziff Davis Internet News.

The bugs have been confirmed on the latest versions of iTunes and QuickTime for Windows. eEye is still running tests against Apples Max OS X operating system.

Click here to read more about flaws in QuickTime. As per policy, Apple does not comment on potential security vulnerabilities in its products until a fix is available.

Manzuik said Apple acknowledged receipt of the flaw reports, which included sample proof-of-concept exploit code.

In all, eEye has flagged three separate code execution flaws in the two products. The new discoveries come just weeks after Apple released a fix for three gaping security holes in QuickTime.

For advice on how to secure your network and applications, as well as the latest security news, visit Ziff Davis Internets Security IT Hub. Manzuik said the vulnerabilities will all discovered in the way the two software products execute certain files. "The class of flaw would be considered similar but they are three separate issues," he said.

Manzuik said it was surprising—and disappointing—that users tend to ignore serious bugs in desktop applications like digital media players. "Media player flaws always fly under the radar, but thats where the malicious hackers are looking for vulnerabilities. A lot of users can be tricked into opening files. These are very serious flaws," he said.

Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.

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