Apple Safari archive code execution

safari-archive-code-execution (26427) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Safari running on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server version 10.4.6 could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system caused by a vulnerability in the "Open 'safe' files after downloading" option. A remote attacker could send a specially-crafted file archive containing a malicious file which, once the archive is opened, could be copied to the victim's desktop and executed. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or overwrite files on the system.


Gain Access


Apply Apple Security Update 2006-003, available from the Apple Web site. See References.


  • Apple Security Update 2006-003: About Security Update 2006-003.
  • US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-132A: Apple Mac Products Affected by Multiple Vulnerabilities.
  • BID-17951: Apple Mac OS X Security Update 2006-003 Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2006-1457: Safari on Apple Mac OS X 10.4.6, when Open `safe files after downloading is enabled, will automatically expand archives, which could allow remote attackers to overwrite arbitrary files via an archive that contains a symlink.
  • OSVDB ID: 25598: Apple Safari Archive Expansion Symbolic Link Target Execution
  • SA20077: Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1016069: Apple Safari Archive Symbolic Link Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
  • US-CERT VU#519473: Apple Safari fails to properly handle archive files containing symbolic links

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple Safari


May 11, 2006

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