Palm Desktop for Mac OS creates backup folders with insecure permissions

palm-macos-backup-permissions (7937) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk


Palm Desktop for Mac OS could allow a local attacker to view potentially sensitive information. Palm Desktop creates backup files and folders during the hotsync (synchronization) process between the Palm device and Mac OS. These files and folders are created with world-readable permissions.


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No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Sat Jan 12 2002 - 18:52:57 CST: Palm Desktop 4.0b76-77 for Mac OS X.
  • BID-3863: Palm Desktop For MacOS X Hotsync Insecure Backup Permissions Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0120: Apple Palm Desktop 4.0b76 and 4.0b77 creates world-readable backup files and folders when a hotsync is performed, which could allow a local user to obtain sensitive information.
  • OSVDB ID: 5372: Palm Desktop on Mac OS X World Readable File Information Disclosure

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.0
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.1
  • Palm Palm Desktop 4.0b77


Jan 12, 2002

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