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Apple Mac OS X DirectoryService may allow arbitrary users to change the root password

Vulnerability Note VU#557064

Original Release Date: 2007-03-14 | Last Revised: 2007-03-14


A vulnerabilty in the Apple Mac OS X DirectoryService may allow unprivileged users to change the root password.


The Apple Mac OS X DirectoryService contains a vulnerability that may allow unprivileged LDAP users to change the local root password. According to Apple security document 305214 :

An implementation flaw in DirectoryService allows an unprivileged LDAP user to change the local root password. The authentication mechanism in DirectoryService has been fixed to address this issue.


An unprivileged attacker may be able to change the local root password.



Apple has published Mac OS X 10.4.9 for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) systems and Security Update 2007-003 for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) systems in response to this issue. See Apple Security Update 2007-003 for more details.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer, Inc.

Updated:  March 14, 2007



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.


Refer to Apple Security Update 2007-003.

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CVSS Metrics

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This vulnerability was reported in Apple Security Update 2007-003

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0723
Severity Metric: 4.50
Date Public: 2007-03-13
Date First Published: 2007-03-14
Date Last Updated: 2007-03-14 18:05 UTC
Document Revision: 16

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