Vulnerability Note VU#240880

Apple Mac OS X Finder DMG volume name buffer overflow

Original Release date: 16 Feb 2007 | Last revised: 23 Feb 2007


Apple Mac OS X Finder fails to properly handle DMG files with large volume names, which could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


DMG files are disk images that can contain a variety of filesystems. Apple Mac OS X Finder contains a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of DMG volume names. Specifically, a DMG file with a volume name of more than 255 bytes can trigger memory corruption. Note that by default, Safari will automatically mount DMG files that are referenced in web pages.


By convincing a user to mount a specially-crafted DMG file, such as by viewing a web page with Safari, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute code with the privileges of the user or cause a denial-of-service condition.


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Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-16 Feb 2007
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This vulnerability was publicly disclosed by LMH.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0197
  • Date Public: 09 Jan 2007
  • Date First Published: 16 Feb 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 23 Feb 2007
  • Severity Metric: 10.29
  • Document Revision: 11


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