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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   LaunchServices Vendors:   Apple
Apple LaunchServices Lets Remote Users Bypass Download Validation in Certain Cases
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016081
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-1447   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 12 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.4.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Apple LaunchServices. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a file with a specially crafted filename extension that, when loaded by the target user via Safari, will bypass Download Validation if the "Open 'safe' files after downloading" option is enabled and certain applications are not installed on the target user's system. As a result, a remote user may be able to cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

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

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
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:   Boundary error

Message History:   None.

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