Privilege escalation in Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac

Published: 2022-03-30 | Updated: 2022-04-02
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2022-27883
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Antivirus for Mac
Client/Desktop applications / Antivirus software/Personal firewalls

Vendor Trend Micro

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) UNIX symbolic link following

EUVDB-ID: #VU61722

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2022-27883

CWE-ID: CWE-61 - UNIX Symbolic Link (Symlink) Following

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to a symlink following issue. A local user can create a specially crafted symbolic link to a critical file on the system and overwrite it with privileges of the application.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in privilege escalation.


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Vulnerable software versions

Antivirus for Mac: 2021 (v11) - 2021 v11 Hotfix

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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