Privilege escalation in Mac OS X

Published: 2007-01-06 | Updated: 2016-12-10
Risk Medium
Patch available NO
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2007-0117
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
macOS Server
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Apple Inc.

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Improper file permissions handling


Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.9 [CVSS:3.1/AV:P/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:N/E:F/RL:U/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-0117

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalation privileges on vulnerable system.

The vulnerability exists in diskutil tool within DiskManagement framework when handling BOM files. A local user can create a specially crafted BOM file, run diskutil with specially crafted BOM file and replace permissions for arbitrary files on vulnerable system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows a local unprivileged user to elevate his privileges and gain root access to vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability is being actively exploited.


Cybersecurity Help is not aware of any official solution to address this vulnerability.

Vulnerable software versions

macOS Server: 10.4.8

macOS: 10.4.8 8L127

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. The attacker should have physical access to the system in order to successfully exploit this vulnerability.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.