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Category:   OS (UNIX)  >   Apple macOS/OS X Vendors:   Apple
Mac OS X Format String Flaw in c++filt() Lets Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020392
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2310   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 30 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via local system, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.5 through 10.5.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Mac OS X. A user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target system.

A user can supply a specially crafted string to c++filt() to trigger a format string bug and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Systems prior to Mac OS X 10.5 are not affected.

Impact:   A user can execute arbitrary code on the target 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:

The vendor's advisory is available at:

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

Message History:   None.

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