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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Apple OS X Vendors:   Apple Computer
Mac OS X Preview Buffer Overflow in Navigating Deep Directory Hierarchies May Let Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016076
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-1452   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 12 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.4.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Mac OS X Preview. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can create a specially crafted directory hierarchy. When the target user navigates into deep directory hierarchies using Preview, a stack overflow may occur and arbitrary code may be executed on the target system.

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

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target 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:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Thu, 11 May 2006 17:50:49 -0400


      CVE-ID: CVE-2006-1452

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

      Impact: Navigating a maliciously-crafted directory hierarchy may lead to arbitrary code execution

      Description: When navigating very deep directory hierarchies in Preview, a stack buffer overflow may be trigger. By carefully crafting such a directory hierarchy, it may be possible for an attacker to cause arbitrary code execution if the director

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