Apple Mac OS X File Sharing pane weak security

macos-filesharing-weak-security (45175) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk

Description:

Apple Mac OS X could provide weaker than expected security. The File Sharing pane improperly displays actual access privileges, giving the false sense that only folders within the Shared Folders are accessible. A remote authenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain unauthorized access to home directories and disks on the system.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 4
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: Single
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: None
 
Temporal Score: 3
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Gain Access

Remedy:

Apply Apple Security Update 2008-004 or upgrade to the latest version of Mac OS X (10.5.5 or later), available from the Apple Web site. See References.

References:

  • Apple Web site: About the security content of Mac OS X v10.5.5 and Security Update 2008-006 .
  • BID-31189: Apple Mac OS X 2008-006 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2008-3618: The File Sharing pane in the Sharing preference pane in Apple Mac OS X 10.5 through 10.5.4 does not inform users that the complete contents of their own home directories are shared for their own use, which might allow attackers to leverage other vulnerabilities and access files for which sharing was unintended.
  • OSVDB ID: 48236: Apple Mac OS X File Sharing Home Directory Permission Weakness
  • SA31882: Apple Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1020883: Mac OS X System Preferences File Sharing Pane Does Not Fully Display the Users Access Privileges
  • US-CERT VU#126787: Apple Mac OS X file sharing allows authenticated remote access to files and directories

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 10.5.3
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4

Reported:

Sep 15, 2008

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