Apple Mac OS X Apple Type Services (ATS) code execution

macosx-ats-code-execution (42707) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Apple Mac OS X could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by a memory corruption error in Apple Type Services (ATS). By persuading a victim to print a PDF document containing a specially-crafted embedded font, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges or cause the application to crash.


Base Score: 6.8
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: Partial
Temporal Score: 5
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Gain Access


Apply Security Update 2008-003, available from the Apple Web site. See References.


  • Apple Web site: About the security content of Security Update 2008-003 / Mac OS X 10.5.3.
  • BID-29412: RETIRED: Apple Mac OS X 2008-003 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
  • BID-29492: Apple Mac OS X Apple Type Services PDF Handling Code Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2008-1575: Unspecified vulnerability in the Apple Type Services (ATS) server in Apple Mac OS X 10.5 before 10.5.3 allows user-assisted remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted embedded font in a PDF document, related to memory corruption that occurs during printing.
  • OSVDB ID: 45697: Apple Mac OS X ATS PDF Printing Font Handling Arbitrary Code Execution
  • SA30430: Apple Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1020133: Mac OS X Apple Type Services Memory Corruption Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.1
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.2
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.1
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.2


May 28, 2008

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