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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20080618

Mac OS X ARDAgent Local Privilege Escalation

Date Disclosed:

Date Patched:


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

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.


Code Execution:
Yes (Local Privilege Escalation)

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.

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




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