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Apple Mac OS X bootpd vulnerable to stack-based buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#776628

Original Release Date: 2006-08-02 | Last Revised: 2006-08-03


A buffer overflow vulnerability in the Apple Mac OS X bootp daemon may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.



The bootp daemon (bootpd) is used to send clients network and IP address configuration settings. It can also work in combination with a TFTP server to transfer an operating system image to diskless clients.

The Problem
There is a stack-based buffer overflow in bootpd's request processing. An attacker may be able to create a specially crafted bootp request, that when sent to the server running bootpd, would trigger the overflow.

Note that bootpd is not enabled by default on any supported version of Mac OS X.


An attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privileges on the affected system.


Apple has addressed this issue in Security Update 2006-004. Refer to Apple's Security Update site for more information.

Do not Enable bootpd
Do not enable bootpd unless you need the service to run. The command "ps -aux | grep" can be used to check if the bootpd process is running.

Restrict Access
Restrict access to the bootpd server to trusted hosts only. More details on configuring bootpd can be found in the Apple OS X Server System Image Administration Guide.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Unknown

Notified:  August 02, 2006 Updated: August 02, 2006



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.

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Thanks to Apple Product Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3498
Severity Metric: 0.13
Date Public: 2006-08-01
Date First Published: 2006-08-02
Date Last Updated: 2006-08-03 12:52 UTC
Document Revision: 34

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