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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Apple Safari Vendors:   Apple
Apple Safari 'runscript' Function Lets Remote Users Execute Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010167
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1010167
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0486   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 22 2004
Original Entry Date:  May 17 2004
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network
Exploit Included:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Apple Mac OS X Safari browser in the runscript function of the 'Help.app' application. A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute code on the target user's system.

It is reported that a remote user can create an HTML link that, when loaded, will instruct the help application to open a specified application on the target user's computer.

It is also reported that Safari browser stores '.dmg' files in a known location. As a result, a remote user may be able to create HTML that downloads a script within a DMG file and then calls the Help application to execute the script from the known location.

A demonstration exploit URL is of the following format:

help:runscript=MacHelp.help/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/shrd/OpnApp.scpt string='[location of file]'">

A demonstration exploit is available at:

http://www.insecure.ws/safari/0x04_test.html

The original advisory is available at:

http://fundisom.com/owned/warning

The vendor was reportedly notified on February 23, 2004.

Impact:   A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute specified applications on the target user's system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL:  www.apple.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, State error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
May 22 2004 (Vendor Issues Fix) Apple Safari 'runscript' Function Lets Remote Users Execute Code
Apple has issued a fix.



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