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). It has been rated as critical. Affected by this issue is an unknown code 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 confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

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

Multiple issues existed in Ruby on Rails, the most serious of which may lead to cross site scripting. These issues were addressed by updating the Rails implementation used by Profile Manager to version 2.3.18.
This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2013-1856 since 02/19/2013. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 65746 (Fedora 17 : rubygem-activesupport-3.0.11-9.fc17 (2013-4130)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 12655 (Ruby on Rails Multiple Vulnerabilities).

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 58554), X-Force (82921), Vulnerability Center (SBV-39035) and Tenable (65746). The entries 8030, 8031, 8032 and 8033 are pretty similar.





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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 65746
Nessus Name: Fedora 17 : rubygem-activesupport-3.0.11-9.fc17 (2013-4130)
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OpenVAS ID: 865514
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for rubygem-activesupport FEDORA-2013-4130
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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
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CVE: CVE-2013-1856 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 58554 - Ruby on Rails XML Parsing CVE-2013-1856 Denial of Service Vulnerability
X-Force: 82921
Vulnerability Center: 39035 - Ruby on Rails 3.x Active Support Fails to Restrict XML Parser Could Allow DoS Vulnerability, High

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Created: 10/23/2013 05:41 PM
Updated: 04/26/2017 11:45 PM
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