Vulnerability Note VU#174790
Apple Mac OS X vulnerable to privilege escalation when using Directory Services
A vulnerability in Mac OS X may permit a local authenticated user with physical access to the machine to gain elevated privileges.
Mac OS X permits the remote authentication of users via directory sevices lookups. When a user logs in to a machine configured to use the Directory Services to provide authentication, it is possible to disconnect the machine's network connection and potentially be logged in with a Finder running as root. This gives the user full root permissions on the machine. Applications started in the session will also run as root.
This vulnerability affects Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.3.3.
A local authenticated user with physical access to the machine may be able to gain root privileges to the system.
Apple has resolved this issue in Mac OS X 10.3.4. A free upgrade is available at http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/.
Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Apple Computer Inc.||Affected||-||21 Jun 2004|
CVSS Metrics (Learn More)
Thanks to Jim Foraker for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Jason A Rafail.
- CVE IDs: CAN-2004-0514
- Date Public: 28 May 2004
- Date First Published: 21 Jun 2004
- Date Last Updated: 21 Jul 2004
- Severity Metric: 0.24
- Document Revision: 8
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