Apple Software Update Insecure Transport

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 90005


The remote host has an application installed that that uses an insecure connection protocol for updating.


The version of Apple Software Update installed on the remote Mac OS X host does not use the HTTPS protocol when transferring the updates window contents. A man-in-the-middle attacker can exploit this vulnerability, by modifying the data stream between the client and server, to control the contents of the updates window.


Upgrade to Apple Software Update version 2.2 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 90005

File Name: apple_software_update_2_2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2016/03/17

Modified: 2017/02/03

Dependencies: 90006

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.8

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apple:software_update

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Apple Software Update

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/03/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/03/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1731

BID: 84283

OSVDB: 135661

IAVB: 2016-B-0053