Apple MacOS X up to 10.10.2 IOHIDFamily null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability was found in Apple MacOS X up to 10.10.2 (Operating System). It has been rated as critical. Affected by this issue is an unknown functionality of the component IOHIDFamily. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 04/08/2015 by Ian Beer (evad3rs) with Google Project Zero as HT204659 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2014-4405 since 06/20/2014. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The advisory points out:

A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 77822 (Apple TV < 7 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Misc..

Upgrading to version 10.10.3 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 X-Force (96109), SecurityTracker (ID 1032048), Vulnerability Center (SBV-46168) and Tenable (77822). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 67368, 67370, 67371 and 67372.






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.0

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 77822
Nessus Name: Apple TV < 7 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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Upgrade: MacOS X 10.10.3


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Advisory: HT204659
Researcher: Ian Beer (evad3rs)
Organization: Google Project Zero
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-4405 (🔍)

X-Force: 96109
SecurityTracker: 1032048 - Apple OS X Multiple Bugs Let Remote and Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code, Obtain Potentially Sensitive Information, and Deny Service
Vulnerability Center: 46168 - Apple iOS &lt;8 for Multiple Devices and Apple TV &lt;7 and OS X &lt;10.10.3 Remote Code Execution due to null Pointer Deference in IOHIDFamily - CVE-2014-4405, Critical
SecurityFocus: 69882 - RETIRED: Apple iOS Prior to iOS 8 and TV Prior to TV 7 Multiple Vulnerabilities

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Created: 04/10/2015 10:22 AM
Updated: 09/22/2022 03:57 PM
Changes: 04/10/2015 10:22 AM (76), 06/06/2017 08:34 AM (7), 05/03/2022 11:17 AM (3), 09/22/2022 03:57 PM (1)
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