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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2011-0177

Severity Medium
Score 6.8/10

Summary

Multiple buffer overflows in Apple Type Services (ATS) in Apple Mac OS X before 10.6.7 allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a document that contains a crafted SFNT table in an embedded font.

  • MEDIUM
  • NETWORK
  • NONE
  • PARTIAL
  • PARTIAL
  • PARTIAL

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.

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  • Published