iTunes Prey to Nasty Music Takeover

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-09-06 Print this article Print

iTunes buffer overflow and album art could leave you vulnerable to "pwn" attacks.

Before you rush out to snag one of those new iPods or cheaper iPhones, update your iTunes, because its got a buffer overflow that could let some nasty music file "pwn" your toy.

Apple on Sept. 6 put out an update, iTunes 7.4, that deals with the buffer overflow, which occurs when processing album cover art.
An attacker can get to you by luring you into opening a maliciously crafted music file. The resulting overflow could lead to an application crashing or could be as bad as arbitrary code execution. The update fixes the problem with proper bounds checking. Its available for Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.7 or later, and Windows XP and Vista. iTunes 7.4 is available here. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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