The PPP daemon (pppd) in Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8 checks ownership of the stdin file descriptor to determine if the invoker has sufficient privileges, which allows local users to load arbitrary plugins and gain root privileges by bypassing this check.
CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 3.9
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service
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20070524 Apple Computer Mac OS X pppd Plugin Loading Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
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