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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Apple LoginWindow Vendors:   Apple Computer
Mac OS X Login Window Password Change Bug Lets Local User Access the System
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020878
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020878
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-3610, CVE-2008-3611   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 16 2008
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.5.4 and prior versions
Description:   Two vulnerabilities were reported in Mac OS X Login Window. A local user can obtain access to the target system.

A user with access to the login window can exploit a race condition to gain access without providing a password [CVE-2008-3610]. Systems with the Guest account enabled or another account set up with no password are affected. Versions prior to 10.5 are not affected.

On systems configured to enforce policies on login passwords, when a user is required to change their password and the password change fails, the current password may not be cleared. A user with access to the login window may be able to change a user's password [CVE-2008-3611]. Version 10.5 and later versions are not affected. Christopher A. Grande of Middlesex Community College reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can access the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix as part of Mac OS X v10.5.5 and Security Update 2008-006, available from the Software Update pane in System Preferences, or Apple's Software Downloads web site at:

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

The Software Update utility will present the update that applies to your system configuration. Only one is needed, either Mac OS X v10.5.5 or Security Update 2008-006.

For Mac OS X v10.5.4
The download file is named: "MacOSXUpd10.5.5.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: bd9bf9304a5b3162f391233fe74fc64f6dbc2bf5

For Mac OS X v10.5 - v10.5.3
The download file is named: "MacOSXUpdCombo10.5.5.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: 91ac9b720ba3b4166e5dc1dd518b1651d77c0f46

For Mac OS X Server v10.5.4
The download file is named: "MacOSXServerUpd10.5.5.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: 00264fd6990b568b5017f1244820d1eeebda8ab2

For Mac OS X Server v10.5 - v10.5.3
The download file is named: "MacOSXServerUpdCombo10.5.5.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: cc463a4f2b2d2079fca56704057f407f86b96661

For Mac OS X v10.4.11 (Intel)
The download file is named: "SecUpd2008-006Intel.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: c64a7aa8b13377b2066110fa86b4f879e0ca746b

For Mac OS X v10.4.11 (PowerPC)
The download file is named: "SecUpd2008-006PPC.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: 61898bf315d04958aaf487bb92ba257d059a33ce

For Mac OS X Server v10.4.11 (Universal)
The download file is named: "SecUpdSrvr2008-006Univ.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: 0309967cb7e6ae990bd3726e8af4abfeca776b63

For Mac OS X Server v10.4.11 (PowerPC)
The download file is named: "SecUpdSrvr2008-006PPC.dmg"
Its SHA-1 digest is: 61898bf315d04958aaf487bb92ba257d059a33ce

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3137

Vendor URL:  support.apple.com/kb/HT3137 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Authentication error, State error
Underlying OS:  

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