Mac OS X Multiple Vulnerabilities (Security Update 2014-005) (POODLE) (Shellshock)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 78551


The remote host is missing a Mac OS X update that fixes multiple security issues.


The remote host is running a version of Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9 that does not have Security Update 2014-005 applied. This update contains several security-related fixes for the following issues :

- A command injection vulnerability in GNU Bash known as Shellshock. The vulnerability is due to the processing of trailing strings after function definitions in the values of environment variables. This allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code via environment variable manipulation depending on the configuration of the system. (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169)

- A man-in-the-middle (MitM) information disclosure vulnerability known as POODLE. The vulnerability is due to the way SSL 3.0 handles padding bytes when decrypting messages encrypted using block ciphers in cipher block chaining (CBC) mode. A MitM attacker can decrypt a selected byte of a cipher text in as few as 256 tries if they are able to force a victim application to repeatedly send the same data over newly created SSL 3.0 connections. (CVE-2014-3566)

Note that successful exploitation of the most serious issues can result in arbitrary code execution.


Install Security Update 2014-005 or later.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 78551

File Name: macosx_SecUpd2014-005.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.23 $

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2014/10/17

Modified: 2017/04/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9

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:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:apple:mac_os_x

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/10/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2014/09/24

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Apache mod_cgi Bash Environment Variable Code Injection (Shellshock))

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3566, CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169

BID: 70103, 70137, 70574

OSVDB: 112004, 113251

CERT: 252743, 577193

IAVA: 2014-A-0142

EDB-ID: 34765, 34766, 34777

APPLE-SA: APPLE-SA-2014-10-16-2