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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Apple macOS/OS X Vendors:   Apple
Mac OS X CoreTypes May Not Warn Users Before Opening Unsafe File Types
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020391
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2309   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 30 2008
Impact:   Modification of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 10.5.4
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Mac OS X CoreTypes. A user may not be warned before opening certain unsafe file types.

A remote user can create a specially crafted file type (.xht and .xhtm) that, when downloaded by the target user, will cause the system to fail to warn the user of the potentially unsafe file type.

Brian Mastenbrook reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A user may not be warned before opening certain unsafe file types.
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:

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   State error

Message History:   None.

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