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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Mac OS X Vendors:   Apple Computer
Mac OS X Dock Function Lets Physically Local Users Bypass the Screen Lock
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020395
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020395
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2314   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 30 2008
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.5 through 10.5.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Mac OS X in the Dock function. A physically local user can bypass the screen lock.

When the screen lock or sleep password is enabled and Expos hot corners are set, a physically local user can bypass the screen lock to access the system.

Systems prior to Mac OS X 10.5 are not affected.

Andrew Cassell of Marine Spill Response Corporation for reporting this issue.

Impact:   A physically local user can bypass the screen lock to access the 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:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  

Message History:   None.


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