Friday, January 5, 2007

MOAB-05-01-2007: Apple DiskManagement BOM Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

A vulnerability in the handling of BOM files allows to set rogue permissions on the filesystem via the 'diskutil' tool. This can be used to execute arbitrary code and escalate privileges. A malicious user could create a BOM declaring new permissions for specific filesystem locations (ex. binaries, cron and log directories, etc). Once 'diskutil' runs a permission repair operation the rogue permissions would be set, allowing to plant a backdoor, overwrite resources or simply gain root privileges.

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