Apple iOS up to 8.1.2 WebKit input validation

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Apple iOS up to 8.1.2 (Smartphone Operating System). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown code block of the component WebKit. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, and integrity. The summary by CVE is:

WebKit in Apple Safari before 6.2.1, 7.x before 7.1.1, and 8.x before 8.0.1 allows remote attackers to bypass the Same Origin Policy via crafted Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) token sequences within an SVG file in the SRC attribute of an IMG element.

The weakness was released 01/27/2015 by Rennie deGraaf with iSEC Partners as HT204245 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2014-4465. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 03/07/2022). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product increasing in the near future. The advisory points out:

An SVG loaded in an img element could load a CSS file cross-origin. This issue was addressed through enhanced blocking of external CSS references in SVGs.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 80055 (Mac OS X : Apple Safari < 6.2.2 / 7.1.2 / 8.0.2 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 123027 (Apple Safari 6.2.1/ 7.1.1/8.0.1 Not Installed (HT6596)).

Upgrading to version 8.1.3 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (80055). Additional details are provided at







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Class: Input validation

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Nessus ID: 80055
Nessus Name: Mac OS X : Apple Safari < 6.2.2 / 7.1.2 / 8.0.2 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 802282
OpenVAS Name: Apple Safari Webkit Multiple Vulnerabilities-01 Dec14 (Mac OS X)
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Upgrade: iOS 8.1.3


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Advisory: HT204245
Researcher: Rennie deGraaf
Organization: iSEC Partners
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-4465 (🔍)
Vulnerability Center: 48294 - Apple Safari <6.2.1, <7.1.1 and <8.0.1 Remote Information Disclosure via a Crafted Img Element - CVE-2014-4465, Medium
SecuriTeam: 1031652
SecurityFocus: 71439 - Apple Safari CVE-2014-4465 Cross Domain Information Disclosure Vulnerability

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Created: 01/29/2015 03:41 PM
Updated: 03/07/2022 07:55 PM
Changes: 01/29/2015 03:41 PM (80), 06/19/2017 07:51 AM (3), 03/07/2022 07:48 PM (3), 03/07/2022 07:55 PM (1)
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