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Apple Mac OS X Server Admin fails to properly restrict users from using the proxy service

Vulnerability Note VU#140470

Original Release Date: 2005-05-09 | Last Revised: 2005-07-06


The Apple Mac OS X Server HTTP proxy service does not restrict access by default and may allow unintended remote users to use the service.


Mac OS X Server includes a service to provide for HTTP proxying. The HTTP proxy service does not include any access restrictions in the default configuration. If no external restrictions, such as firewalls, are in place, this may allow unintended remote use of the HTTP proxy service.


Unauthenticated remote attackers may be able to use the HTTP proxy service running on the local machine. This may result in the attacker gaining the ability to access previously inaccessible network locations or to hide the true origin of their attack.


Apply An Update

Apple has addressed the issue in Security Update 2005-005.

As a workaround, other access restrictions such as firewalls may be used to restrict access to the HTTP proxy service.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer Inc.

Updated:  May 05, 2005



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Apple has addressed the issue in Security Update 2005-005.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

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Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ken MacInnis.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2005-1340
Severity Metric: 6.89
Date Public: 2005-05-03
Date First Published: 2005-05-09
Date Last Updated: 2005-07-06 18:02 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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