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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Mac OS X Vendors:   Apple Computer
Mac OS X User Template Directory Permissions Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020394
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020394
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2313   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 30 2008
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. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can populate the User Template directory with files that will become part of the home directory of a new user when the new user is created. A local user can exploit this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the target (new) user.

Systems running Mac OS X 10.5 or later are not affected.

Andrew Mortensen of the University of Michigan reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (Security Update 2008-004 and Mac OS X 10.5.4), which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads at:

http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2163

Vendor URL:  support.apple.com/kb/HT2163 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Configuration error
Underlying OS:  

Message History:   None.


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