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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20080618

Mac OS X ARDAgent Local Privilege Escalation

Date Disclosed:
6/18/2008

Date Patched:
07.31.2008

Vendor:
Apple

Affected Software:
OS X 10.5
OS X 10.4
Potentially Earlier Versions

Description:
ARDAgent in Apple Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.4 allows local users to gain privileges via an osascript tell command. This vulnerability is actively being exploited by attackers to install a trojan on a target system.

Severity:
High

Code Execution:
Yes (Local Privilege Escalation)

Impact:
Simple Elevation of Privileges
This vulnerability allows an attacker to very simply elevate the privileges of a process to root. This allows for the full subversion of a system, potentially resulting in a persistant trojan or other malicious binary to be installed with system-level privileges.

Mitigation:
Users are urged to only open known-sender AppleScript's or application bundles.

Protection:

Links:

Status:

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