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: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2012/05/14

Updated: 2018/07/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 1.9

Temporal Score: 1.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:apple:mac_os_x

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/05/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/02/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0652

BID: 53402