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Family: MacOS X Local Security Checks --> Category: infos

Mac OS X < 10.4 Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of Mac OS X

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The remote host is running a version of Mac OS X which is older than
version 10.4.

Versions older than 10.4 contain a security issue in the way they handle
the permissions of pseudo terminals.

When an application uses a new pseudo terminal, it can not restrict its
permissions to a safe mode. As a result, every created pseudo terminal
has permissions 0666 set, which allows a local attacker to sniff the session
of other users.

Solution : Upgrade to Mac OS X
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Threat Level: Medium

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