Apple Mac OS X USB Keyboard Ctrl Key Root Access (Apple SA 2003-12-19)

High Nessus Plugin ID 14251


The remote host is affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability.


The remote Mac OS X host is missing Security Update 2003-12-19.

Mac OS X contains a flaw that may allow a malicious user with local access to gain root access.

The issue is triggered when the Ctrl and c keys are pressed on the connected USB keyboard during boot and thus interrupting the system initialization.

It is possible that the flaw may allow root access resulting in a loss of integrity.


Apply Mac OS X security update 2003-12-19.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 14251

File Name: apple-sa-2004-08-09.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2004/08/10

Modified: 2012/10/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:H/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:apple:mac_os_x

Required KB Items: Host/MacOSX/packages

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2003/12/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-1011

BID: 8945

OSVDB: 7098

Secunia: 10474