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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Apple Safari Vendors:   Apple
Apple Safari Archive Symbolic Link Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016069
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-1457   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 11 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Apple Safari. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create specially crafted HTML that, when viewed by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

When the HTML references an archive containing a symbolic link, the symbolic link may be placed on the target user's desktop and executed.

If the "Open 'safe' files after downloading" option is enabled, this vulnerability can be exploited.

Systems prior to Mac OS X v10.4 are not affected.

Impact:   A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.
Solution:   Apple has issued a fix as part of Security Update 2006-003, available via Software Update preferences and at Apple Downloads:

The Apple security advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:   UNIX (OS X)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Thu, 11 May 2006 17:52:00 -0400



      CVE-ID: CVE-2006-1457

      Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.6, Mac OS X Server v10.4.6

      Impact: Visiting malicious web sites may lead to file manipulation or arbitrary code execution

      Description: When Safari's "Open `safe' files after downloading" option is enabled, archives will be automatically expanded. If the archive contains a symbolic link, the target symlink may be moved to the user's desktop and launched. This update a

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