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Apple Safari fails to perform security checks on links in rich text content

Vulnerability Note VU#709220

Original Release Date: 2005-08-17 | Last Revised: 2005-08-17

Overview

Apple Safari fails to perform security checks on hyperlinks in rich text content, which may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system.

Description

Mac OS X includes the Safari web browser, which can display rich text (RTF) files directly. When Safari opens a rich text file, it will display the contents of the file within the browser window, rather than spawning an external application to view it. Rich text files can contain hyperlinks that the user can click on to navigate to the referenced URI. Safari does not perform security checks on hyperlinks contained within rich text files.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to persuade a user to click on a rich text hyperlink within Safari, leading to remote command execution.

Solution

Apply an update

Please see Apple Security Update 2005-007 for details on workarounds, fixes, and updates.

Vendor Information

709220
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer, Inc.

Updated:  August 17, 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 Apple Security Update 2005-007 for details on workarounds, fixes, and updates.

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


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2005-2516
Severity Metric: 11.57
Date Public: 2005-08-15
Date First Published: 2005-08-17
Date Last Updated: 2005-08-17 17:26 UTC
Document Revision: 6

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