Mac OS X FileVault Plaintext Password Logging

low Nessus Plugin ID 59090


The remote Mac OS X host logs passwords in plaintext.


Plaintext passwords were discovered in a system log file. Mac OS X Lion release 10.7.3 enabled a debug logging feature that causes plaintext passwords to be logged to /var/log/secure.log on systems that use certain FileVault configurations. A local attacker in the admin group or an attacker with physical access to the host could exploit this to get user passwords, which could be used to gain access to encrypted partitions.


Upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later and securely remove log files that contain plaintext passwords (refer to article TS4272).

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 59090

File Name: macosx_filevault_log_info_leak.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 5/14/2012

Updated: 11/27/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 1.9

Temporal Score: 1.4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:apple:mac_os_x

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/MacOSX/Version

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/9/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/6/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0652

BID: 53402