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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Apple CoreGraphics Vendors:   Apple
Apple Mac OS X CoreGraphics May Let Local Users Obtain Secure Text Field Inputs
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016079
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-1444   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 12 2006
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.4.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Apple Mac OS X CoreGraphics. A local user may be able to obtain secure input.

If "Enable access for assistive devices" is enabled, a local user can invoke Quartz Event Services to intercept events even when secure event input is enabled. This allows a local user to, for example, obtain characters entered into a secure text field within the same window session.

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

Apple credits Damien Bobillot with reporting this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user may be able to obtain secure text field input.
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:  

Message History:   None.

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