Vulnerability Note VU#126787

Apple Mac OS X file sharing allows authenticated remote access to files and directories

Original Release date: 15 Sep 2008 | Last revised: 13 Oct 2008


Apple Mac OS X Leopard does not accurately reflect which files and directories are available via sharing.


Apple Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.x) allows files and directories to be shared via a "Shared Folders" feature. OS X lists the folders that are shared using this feature, however the list is incomplete. An authenticated user can access his home directory remotely, and an authenticated administrator can remotely access the entire hard drive.


A system that is configured with Shared Folders enabled may be exposing more files and directories than expected.


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This issue is addressed in Apple Mac OS X 10.5.5. This update causes OS X to more accurately explain which files and directories are shared. Please see the Apple Advisory for more details.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected13 Dec 200715 Sep 2008
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Thanks to Russ Andersson for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-3618
  • Date Public: 15 Sep 2008
  • Date First Published: 15 Sep 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 13 Oct 2008
  • Severity Metric: 1.01
  • Document Revision: 10


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