Vulnerability Note VU#867796
Apple AirPort wireless vulnerable to buffer overflow
Two buffer overflow vulnerabilities exist in Apple AirPort wireless drivers. If exploited, this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.
According to Apple:
Two separate stack buffer overflows exist in the AirPort wireless driver's handling of malformed frames.
Because device drivers execute with ring 0 privileges, this means that exploitation of device drivers can lead to full, unrestricted access to the vulnerable system.
It is important to note that because the vulnerability exists at a lower network layer than TCP/IP, software firewalls, anti-virus software, and host-based IDS or IPS systems may not protect against this vulnerability.
For information on affected versions of OS X refer to Apple Security Update 2006-005.
An unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel (ring 0) privileges.
Apply updates from Apple
Turn your AirPort Card off when you're in situations where radio communication may be prohibited, such as in an airplane or at a hospital.
If you have disabled the AirPort port in Network preferences, then your AirPort Card is already turned off. To disable the AirPort port, choose Network Port Configurations from the Show pop-up menu and deselect the AirPort checkbox.
Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Apple Computer, Inc.||Affected||-||22 Sep 2006|
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Thanks to Apple for providing information on this vulnerability.
This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.
- CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3507
- Date Public: 21 Sep 2006
- Date First Published: 22 Sep 2006
- Date Last Updated: 01 Nov 2006
- Severity Metric: 20.48
- Document Revision: 32
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