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iDefense Security Advisory 05.14.09: Apple Mac OS X xnu Kernel workqueue_additem/workqueue_removeitem Index Validation Vulnerability
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iDefense Security Advisory 05.12.09
May 12, 2009
Mac OS X is a computer operating systems available from Apple Inc. OS X
is the tenth major version of Apple's operating system for Macintosh
computers and is Unix-based.
For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.
Local exploitation of an index validation vulnerability in Apple Inc.'s
Mac OS X xnu kernel could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code
in the security context of the kernel.
The Mac OS X xnu (Mach) kernel implements workqueues. This allows the
kernel to schedule events to take place in a task. An input validation
error exists within this implementation, which can lead to execution of
arbitrary code in the kernel.
Exploitation of this issue allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code
in the security context of the kernel. An attacker would need a local
account on a vulnerable system to exploit this issue. Upon successful
exploitation, the attacker could elevate privileges by changing the
effective user id to root of an attacker controlled process.
Alternatively an attacker could also add or alter kernel code in memory
that is commonly referred to as a rootkit.
Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X 10.5.2 and earlier is considered vulnerable to
iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Apple Inc. has released a patch which addresses this issue. For more
information, consult their advisory at the following URL:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-1517 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
03/19/2008 - Initial Contact
03/31/2009 - Attribution Request
04/01/2009 - Attribution Sent
04/01/2009 - CVE Requested
05/12/2009 - Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Neil Kettle (mu-b) of
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