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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-2310

Original release date: 07/01/2008
Last revised: 03/07/2011


Format string vulnerability in c++filt in Apple Mac OS X 10.5 before 10.5.4 allows user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (application crash) via a crafted string in (1) C++ or (2) Java source code.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.8 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Provides unauthorized access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (07/04/2008)
Not vulnerable. This issue does not affect the version of c++filt as shipped with binutils in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4. Although this bug is present in the version of c++filt as shipped with binutils in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the format string protection from FORTIFY_SOURCE makes this unexploitable.

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External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1020392
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1981
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2163
Type: Patch Information
External Source: BID
Name: 30018
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2008-06-30
External Source: XF
Name: macos-c++filt-format-string(43494)

Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)
  • Format String Vulnerability (CWE-134)