Apple Mac OS X 10.8.3 IOAcceleratorFamily memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, has been found in Apple Mac OS X 10.8.3 (Operating System). Affected by this issue is an unknown code of the component IOAcceleratorFamily. 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. CVE summarizes:

IOAcceleratorFamily in Apple Mac OS X before 10.8.3 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) via a crafted graphics image.

The weakness was disclosed 03/14/2013 by Emilio Escobar as HT5672 as confirmed advisory (Apple Security Announce). The advisory is shared for download at The public release has been coordinated in cooperation with the vendor. This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2013-0976 since 01/10/2013. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 05/06/2021).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 65577 (Mac OS X 10.8.x < 10.8.3 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 121020 (Apple Mountain Lion v10.8.3 and Security Update 2013-001 Not Installed (APPLE-SA-2013-03-14-1)).

Upgrading to version 10.8.3 eliminates this vulnerability. Applying the patch Security Update 2013-001 is able to eliminate this problem. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be patching the affected component. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (82846) and Tenable (65577).








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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Nessus ID: 65577
Nessus Name: Mac OS X 10.8.x < 10.8.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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Upgrade: Mac OS X 10.8.3
Patch: Security Update 2013-001


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Advisory: HT5672
Researcher: Emilio Escobar
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2013-0976 (🔍)

X-Force: 82846
SecurityTracker: 1028294 - Mac OS X Multiple Bugs Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code and Local Users Modify the System Configuration
Vulnerability Center: 39301 - Apple Mac OS X Before 10.8.3 IOAcceleratorFamily Allows Remote Code Execution \\ DoS via a Crafted Graphics Image, Critical
SecurityFocus: 58515 - Apple Mac OS X CVE-2013-0976 Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Secunia: 52643 - Apple Mac OS X Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 91297

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Created: 03/18/2013 08:20 AM
Updated: 05/06/2021 12:59 PM
Changes: 03/18/2013 08:20 AM (82), 04/28/2017 08:59 AM (5), 05/06/2021 12:59 PM (2)
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