Apple Remote Desktop < 3.5.4 / 3.7 Multiple Vulnerabilities (Mac OS X)

high Nessus Plugin ID 70609
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The Mac OS X host has a remote management application that is potentially affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


According to its version, the Apple Remote Desktop install on the remote host is earlier than 3.5.4 / 3.7. As such, it is potentially affected the following vulnerabilities :

- A format string vulnerability exists in Remote Desktop's handling of a VNC username. (CVE-2013-5135)

- An information disclosure vulnerability exists because Remote Desktop may use password authentication without warning that the connection would be encrypted if a third-party VNC server supports certain authentication types. Note that this does not affect installs of version 3.5.x or earlier. (CVE_2013-5136)

- An authentication bypass vulnerability exists due to a flaw in the full-screen feature that is triggered when handling text entered in the dialog box upon recovering from sleep mode with a remote connection alive. A local attacker can exploit this to bypass intended access restrictions. (CVE-2013-5229)


Upgrade to Apple Remote Desktop 3.5.4 / 3.7 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 70609

File Name: macosx_remote_desktop_3_7.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 10/25/2013

Updated: 11/27/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2013-5135


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apple:apple_remote_desktop

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/22/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/22/2013

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-5135, CVE-2013-5136, CVE-2013-5229

BID: 63284, 63286

APPLE-SA: APPLE-SA-2013-10-22-6, APPLE-SA-2013-10-22-7