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Apple Mac OS X Server NetInfo Setup Tool fails to validate command line parameters

Vulnerability Note VU#354486

Original Release Date: 2005-05-16 | Last Revised: 2005-05-17

Overview

Apple Mac OS X Server NeST tool contains a vulnerability in the processing of command line arguments that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Description

NeST is the NetInfo Setup Tool for Apple Mac OS X Server. There is a buffer overflow vulnerability in the way NeST performs bounds checking on command line arguments. By supplying the -target command line parameter with an overly long string of characters, a local user could execute arbitrary code on the system with privileges of the NeST process.

Please note that NeST executes with root privileges.

Impact

A local user could execute arbitrary code with privileges of the NeST process, possibly root.

Solution

Apply Update

Apple has released Apple Security update 2005-005 to correct this issue.

Vendor Information

354486
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer Inc.

Updated:  May 13, 2005

Status

  Vulnerable

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.

Addendum

Please see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301528 for more information.

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CVSS Metrics

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Environmental N/A

References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported by iDEFENSE Labs who acknowledges Nico for providing information concerning this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2005-0594
Severity Metric: 10.69
Date Public: 2005-05-03
Date First Published: 2005-05-16
Date Last Updated: 2005-05-17 16:00 UTC
Document Revision: 24

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