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Improper Authentication


Severity Medium
Score 6.3/10


Login Window in Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11 does not clear the current password when a user makes a password-change attempt that is denied by policy, which allows opportunistic, physically proximate attackers to bypass authentication and change this user's password by later entering an acceptable new password on the same login screen.

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CWE-287 - Improper Authentication

Improper (or broken) authentication attacks are widespread, and have accounted for many of the worst data breaches in recent years. Improper authentication attacks are a class of vulnerabilities where an attacker impersonates a legitimate user by exploiting weaknesses in either session management or credential management to gain access to the user’s account. This can result in disclosure of sensitive information, and can lead to system compromise, theft, identity theft, and fraud.


Advisory Timeline

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