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Apple Mac OS X fails to properly handle a crafted URL

Vulnerability Note VU#774345

Original Release Date: 2008-02-12 | Last Revised: 2008-02-12


A vulnerability in the way Apple Mac OS X handles specially crafted URLs may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.


According to Apple Security Update 2008-001:

An input validation issue exists in the processing of URL schemes handled by By enticing a user to visit a maliciously crafted web page, an attacker may cause an application to be launched with controlled command line arguments, which may lead to arbitrary code execution.

Note that this vulnerability affects Apple Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5 and v10.5.1, and Mac OS X Server v10.5 and v10.5.1.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.


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This issue is addressed in Apple Security Update 2008-001 and Apple Mac OS X 10.5.2.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  February 12, 2008



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Refer to Apple Security Update 2008-001.

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This issue was reported in Apple Security Update 2008-001. Apple credits Olli Leppanen of Digital Film Finland and Brian Mastenbrook for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-0042
Severity Metric: 20.20
Date Public: 2008-02-12
Date First Published: 2008-02-12
Date Last Updated: 2008-02-12 18:25 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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