Vulnerability Note VU#557064

Apple Mac OS X DirectoryService may allow arbitrary users to change the root password

Original Release date: 14 Mar 2007 | Last revised: 14 Mar 2007

Overview

A vulnerabilty in the Apple Mac OS X DirectoryService may allow unprivileged users to change the root password.

Description

The Apple Mac OS X DirectoryService contains a vulnerability that may allow unprivileged LDAP users to change the local root password. According to Apple security document 305214 :

    An implementation flaw in DirectoryService allows an unprivileged LDAP user to change the local root password. The authentication mechanism in DirectoryService has been fixed to address this issue.

Impact

An unprivileged attacker may be able to change the local root password.

Solution

Upgrade

Apple has published Mac OS X 10.4.9 for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) systems and Security Update 2007-003 for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) systems in response to this issue. See Apple Security Update 2007-003 for more details.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-14 Mar 2007
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported in Apple Security Update 2007-003.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0723
  • Date Public: 13 Mar 2007
  • Date First Published: 14 Mar 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Mar 2007
  • Severity Metric: 4.50
  • Document Revision: 16

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