Apple Mac OS X up to 10.11.1 ImageIO memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Apple Mac OS X up to 10.11.1 (Operating System). This issue affects an unknown code block of the component ImageIO. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

ImageIO in Apple iOS before 9.2, OS X before 10.11.2, tvOS before 9.1, and watchOS before 2.1 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) via a crafted image.

The weakness was presented 12/08/2015 by John Villamil (j00ru) with Apple as HT205637 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2015-7053 since 09/16/2015. 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 advisory points out:

A memory corruption issue existed in ImageIO. This issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 87314 (Mac OS X 10.11.x < 10.11.2 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 and running in the context c. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 124389 (Apple Mac OS X v10.11.2 and Security Update 2015-008 Not Installed (APPLE-SA-2015-12-08-3)).

Upgrading to version 10.11.2 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 (87314).








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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Nessus ID: 87314
Nessus Name: Mac OS X 10.11.x < 10.11.2 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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Advisory: HT205637
Researcher: John Villamil (j00ru)
Organization: Apple
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2015-7053 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1034344
SecurityFocus: 78719 - Apple Mac OS X/watchOS/iOS/tvOS Multiple Security Vulnerabilities

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Created: 12/09/2015 02:04 PM
Updated: 06/29/2022 12:36 PM
Changes: 12/09/2015 02:04 PM (58), 06/26/2018 09:06 AM (17), 06/29/2022 12:29 PM (3), 06/29/2022 12:36 PM (1)
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