Apple Mac OS X CoreTypes weak security

macosx-coretypes-weak-security (42711) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk

Description:

Apple Mac OS X could provide weaker than expected security, caused by an error in CoreTypes. Notification is not given prior to handling certain content types used by Automator, Help, Safari, and Terminal. By persuading a victim to visit a Web site and launch a specially-crafted content type, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to launch further attacks against the system.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 2.6
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: High
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: None
 
Temporal Score: 1.9
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Other

Remedy:

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

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-29481: Apple Mac OS X CoreTypes Unsafe Content Warning Weakness
  • CVE-2008-1032: Incomplete blacklist vulnerability in CoreTypes in Apple Mac OS X before 10.5.3 allows user-assisted remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via an (1) Automator, (2) Help, (3) Safari, or (4) Terminal content type for a downloadable object, which does not trigger a potentially unsafe warning message in (a) the Download Validation feature in Mac OS X 10.4 or (b) the Quarantine feature in Mac OS X 10.5.
  • OSVDB ID: 45701: Apple Mac OS X Unspecified Unsafe Content Handling
  • OSVDB ID: 45892: Apple Safari on Mac OS X Default Download Location Unspecified Arbitrary Code Execution
  • OSVDB ID: 53623: Microsoft Windows SearchPath File Open / Locating Unspecified Arbitrary Code Execution
  • SA30430: Apple Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1020137: Mac OS X CoreTypes May Not Warn Users Before Opening Unsafe File Types

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11
  • 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 10.4.11
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.1
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.2

Reported:

May 28, 2008

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