Apple Mac OS X up to 10.9.3 CFPreferences improper authentication

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A vulnerability was found in Apple Mac OS X up to 10.9.3 (Operating System). It has been classified as problematic. This affects an unknown part of the component CFPreferences. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a improper authentication vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-287. When an actor claims to have a given identity, the product does not prove or insufficiently proves that the claim is correct. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 10/16/2014 with Apple as HT6535 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2014-4425 since 06/20/2014. An attack has to be approached locally. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The advisory points out:

The 'require password after sleep or screen saver begins' preference may not be respected until after a reboot

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 78550 (Mac OS X < 10.10 Multiple Vulnerabilities (POODLE) (Shellshock)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 10.10 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. The advisory contains the following remark:

This issue was addressed through improved session tracking.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (97640) and Tenable (78550). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 10344, 67593, 67592 and 67590.








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Class: Improper authentication
CWE: CWE-287
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 78550
Nessus Name: Mac OS X < 10.10 Multiple Vulnerabilities (POODLE) (Shellshock)
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Upgrade: Mac OS X 10.10


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Advisory: HT6535
Organization: Apple
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-4425 (🔍)
X-Force: 97640
SecurityTracker: 1031063 - Apple OS X Multiple Flaws Let Users Execute Arbitrary Code, Obtain Elevated Privileges, Bypass Security Restrictions, and Obtain Potentially Sensitive Information
Vulnerability Center: 46700 - Apple OS X <10.10 Local Security Bypass due to Improper Password Requirement Enforcement - CVE-2014-4425, Medium
SecurityFocus: 70630 - Apple Mac OS X CVE-2014-4425 Security Bypass Vulnerability

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Created: 10/17/2014 10:22 AM
Updated: 02/23/2022 10:06 AM
Changes: 10/17/2014 10:22 AM (74), 06/09/2017 07:22 AM (6), 02/23/2022 10:06 AM (4)
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