Apple Mac OS X information disclosure

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A vulnerability was found in Apple Mac OS X (Operating System) (affected version unknown). It has been declared as critical. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a information disclosure vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-200. The product exposes sensitive information to an actor that is not explicitly authorized to have access to that information. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

NSSecureTextField in AppKit in Apple Mac OS X 10.4.6 does not re-enable secure event input under certain circumstances, which could allow other applications in the window session to monitor input characters and keyboard events.

The weakness was presented 04/19/2006 by Tom Ferris (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2006-1439 since 03/28/2006. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1592 for this issue.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 21341 (Mac OS X Multiple Vulnerabilities (Security Update 2006-003)), 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 l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 115357 (Apple Mac OS X Security Update 2006-003 Not Installed (APPLE-SA-2006-05-11)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 4 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (21341). See 30222, 30221, 30220 and 30219 for similar entries.







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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.8

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Class: Information disclosure
CWE: CWE-200 / CWE-284 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1592

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 21341
Nessus Name: Mac OS X Multiple Vulnerabilities (Security Update 2006-003)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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03/28/2006 🔍
04/19/2006 +22 days 🔍
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05/08/2016 +3649 days 🔍
07/30/2022 +2274 days 🔍



Researcher: Tom Ferris
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2006-1439 (🔍)
X-Force: 20060328
SecurityFocus: 17634 - Apple Mac OS X Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 19686
OSVDB: 24822 - Apple Mac OS X .tiff Processing Multiple Function DoS
Vupen: ADV-2006-1779

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Created: 05/08/2016 07:11 PM
Updated: 07/30/2022 04:38 AM
Changes: 05/08/2016 07:11 PM (65), 11/23/2018 10:54 AM (4), 07/30/2022 04:38 AM (3)
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