iTunes < 10.5.1 Update Authenticity Verification Weakness (Mac OS X)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 56871


The remote host contains an application that is susceptible to a man-in-the-middle attack.


The version of iTunes installed on the remote Mac OS X host is earlier than 10.5.1. As such, it uses an unsecured HTTP connection when checking for or retrieving software updates, which could allow a man-in-the-middle attacker to provide a Trojan horse update that appears to originate from Apple.


Upgrade to iTunes 10.5.1 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 56871

File Name: macosx_itunes_10_5_1.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 11/18/2011

Updated: 7/14/2018

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.1

Temporal Score: 3.8

Vector: AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 4.9

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apple:itunes

Required KB Items: Host/MacOSX/Version, installed_sw/iTunes

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/14/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/28/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3434

BID: 50672

CWE: 94