Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer
The Airport driver for certain Orinoco based Airport cards in Darwin kernel 8.8.0 in Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8, and possibly other versions, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via an 802.11 probe response frame without any valid information element (IE) fields after the header, which triggers a heap-based buffer overflow.
CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow
Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.