Vulnerability Note VU#582934

Apple Mac OS X Foundation Framework vulnerable to buffer overflow via incorrect handling of an environmental variable

Original Release date: 16 May 2005 | Last revised: 18 May 2005


A buffer overflow in Mac OS X Foundation Framework's processing of environment variables may lead to elevated privileges.


A vulnerability is present Mac OS X Foundation Framework shipped in version 10.3.9 of Mac OS X and Mac OSX Server. There is a flaw in the handling of environment variables that may lead to a buffer overflow condition. It is reported that this vulnerability is locally exploitable.


Explotation of this vulnerability may lead to the execution of arbitrary code with elevated privileges.


Apple has released Security Update 2005-005 to address this issue and several other security related issues.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer Inc.Affected-16 May 2005
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jason A Rafail.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2005-1336
  • Date Public: 03 May 2005
  • Date First Published: 16 May 2005
  • Date Last Updated: 18 May 2005
  • Severity Metric: 11.95
  • Document Revision: 9


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