Products & Services
Support

Product Categories


Popular Downloads


Manage Software

How to Buy

For Home

Linksys Products Store
Linksys is now part of Belkin
Products for everyone

All Ordering Options

Training & Events Partners
Guest

Vulnerability Alert

Apple OS X App Sandbox LaunchServices Security Bypass Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-264: Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control
IntelliShield ID:31447
Version:2
First Published:2013 October 24 19:58 GMT
Last Published:2014 February 28 14:17 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-5179
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:5.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:4.3
 
Version Summary:Apple has released an additional security advisory and updated software to address the Apple OS X App sandbox LaunchServices security bypass vulnerability.
 
 
Description
A vulnerability in Apple Mac OS X could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass security restrictions on a targeted system.

The vulnerability is due to improper security restrictions imposed by the affected application. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause sandbox permission violations in a shared hosting environment. Successful exploitation could allow the attacker to bypass security restrictions to access sensitive information on the targeted system.

Apple has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
Apple Mac OS X versions prior to 10.9 are vulnerable.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker may provide a link that directs a user to a malicious site and use misleading language or instructions to persuade the user to follow the provided link.
 
Vendor Announcements
Apple has released security advisories at the following links: HT6011 and HT6150
 
Impact
An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass sandbox security to gain unauthorized access on a targeted system. Successful exploitation could result in a complete system compromise.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is in the App Sandbox LaunchServices interface, which allows sandbox applications to specify arguments before passing to a new process.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass the sandbox restrictions and launch additional attacks on a targeted system.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Users should verify that unsolicited links are safe to follow.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
 
Patches/Software
Apple has released updated software at the following link:
 OS X Mavericks 10.9

Mac OS X 10.8.5
Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion)
 
Alert History
 
Version 1, October 24, 2013, 3:58 PM: Apple Mac OS X contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass security restrictions on a targeted system. Updates are available.


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
AppleMac OS X 10.7 Base | 10.7.1 Base | 10.7.2 Base | 10.7.3 Base | 10.7.4 Base | 10.7.5 Base | 10.8 Base | 10.8.1 Base | 10.8.2 Base | 10.8.3 Base | 10.8.4 Base | 10.8.5 Base

Associated Products:
N/A




Alerts and bulletins on the Cisco Security Intelligence Operations Portal are highlighted by analysts in the Cisco Threat Operations Center and represent a subset of the comprehensive content that is available through Cisco Security IntelliShield Alert Manager Service. This customizable threat and vulnerability alert service provides security staff with access to timely, accurate, and credible information about threats and vulnerabilities that may affect their environment.


LEGAL DISCLAIMER
The urgency and severity ratings of this alert are not tailored to individual users; users may value alerts differently based upon their network configurations and circumstances. THE ALERT, AND INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS AND DO NOT IMPLY ANY KIND OF GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE. YOUR USE OF THE ALERT, AND INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, OR MATERIALS LINKED FROM THE ALERT, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. INFORMATION IN THIS ALERT AND ANY RELATED COMMUNICATIONS IS BASED ON OUR KNOWLEDGE AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. CISCO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR UPDATE ALERTS AT ANY TIME.
Powered by  IntelliShield