Vulnerability Note VU#566132

Apple Mac OS X WebKit may allow code execution when visiting a malicious website

Original Release date: 02 Aug 2006 | Last revised: 02 Aug 2006

Overview

A vulnerability in Apple Mac OS X WebKit may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.

Description

WebKit

From the OpenDarwin WebKit project description,

    WebKit is an open source web browser engine. WebKit is also the name of the Mac OS X system framework version of the engine that's used by Safari, Dashboard, Mail, and many other OS X applications.

The Problem
Per Apple, an attacker may be able to create a specially crafted HTML document that could cause a previously deallocated object to be accessed.

Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted web page or HTML file, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user or crash the program that opened the malicious document.

Solution

Upgrade
Apple has addressed this issue in Security Update 2006-004. Refer to Apple's Security Update site for more information.


Do not Open Untrusted Links

Do not open or follow untrusted hyperlinks. Refer to the National Cyber Security Alliance's document "Stay Safe Online" for more information on opening unknown hyperlinks.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected02 Aug 200602 Aug 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A N/A

References

Credit

Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability. Apple in turn thanks Jesse Ruderman of the Mozilla Corporation.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3505
  • Date Public: 01 Aug 2006
  • Date First Published: 02 Aug 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 02 Aug 2006
  • Severity Metric: 1.64
  • Document Revision: 29

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