macOS 11.x < 11.6.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities (HT213184)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 159105


The remote host is missing a macOS security update.


The remote host is running a version of macOS / Mac OS X that is 11.x prior to 11.6.5 Big Sur. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities including the following:

- Opening a maliciously crafted PDF file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2022-22633)

- Processing a maliciously crafted AppleScript binary may result in unexpected application termination or disclosure of process memory. (CVE-2022-22626, CVE-2022-22627)

- A local attacker may be able to view the previous logged in user's desktop from the fast user switching screen. (CVE-2022-22579)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the operating system's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to macOS 11.6.5 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 159105

File Name: macos_HT213184.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 3/21/2022

Updated: 11/8/2022

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-22661


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-22632

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:apple:mac_os_x, cpe:/o:apple:macos

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/14/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/14/2022

Exploitable With

Metasploit (macOS Gatekeeper check bypass)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-22582, CVE-2022-22597, CVE-2022-22599, CVE-2022-22613, CVE-2022-22614, CVE-2022-22615, CVE-2022-22616, CVE-2022-22617, CVE-2022-22625, CVE-2022-22626, CVE-2022-22627, CVE-2022-22631, CVE-2022-22632, CVE-2022-22633, CVE-2022-22638, CVE-2022-22647, CVE-2022-22648, CVE-2022-22650, CVE-2022-22656, CVE-2022-22661, CVE-2022-22662

APPLE-SA: APPLE-SA-2022-03-14-5, HT213184

IAVA: 2022-A-0118-S