Apple Mac OS X Server prior 3.0 Profile Manager input validation

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A vulnerability was found in Apple Mac OS X Server (Operating System) and classified as critical. This issue affects an unknown functionality of the component Profile Manager. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-20. Impacted is availability.

The weakness was shared 10/22/2013 by Ben Murphy with Zweitag as APPLE-SA-2013-10-22-5 as confirmed mailinglist post (Apple Security Mailinglist). The advisory is shared at The mailinglist post contains:

The JSON Ruby Gem permanently allocated memory when parsing certain constructs in its input. An attacker could exploit this to use all available memory leading to a denial of service. This issue was addressed through additional validation of JSON data.
The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2013-0269 since 12/06/2012. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 74955 (openSUSE Security Update : ruby (openSUSE-SU-2013:0603-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 166127 (SUSE Security Update for Ruby (openSUSE-SU-2013:0603-1)).

Upgrading to version 3.0 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 57899), X-Force (82010), Secunia (SA52075), Vulnerability Center (SBV-38534) and Tenable (74955). The entries 7681, 7682, 7683 and 10955 are related to this item.





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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 74955
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : ruby (openSUSE-SU-2013:0603-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 865436
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for rubygem-json FEDORA-2013-3050
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Upgrade: Mac OS X Server 3.0


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Advisory: APPLE-SA-2013-10-22-5
Researcher: Ben Murphy
Organization: Zweitag
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2013-0269 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 57899 - JSON Denial of Service and Security Bypass Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 52075
X-Force: 82010 - json gem for Ruby security bypass
Vulnerability Center: 38534 - JSON Gem Multiple Versions Remote DoS and Security Bypass via Crafted JSON Document, Critical
OSVDB: 90074

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Created: 10/23/2013 05:41 PM
Updated: 04/25/2017 11:07 AM
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