Skip to main content

Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')


Severity Medium
Score 4.3/10


A validation issue related to hard link behavior was addressed with improved sandbox restrictions. This issue is fixed in macOS Big Sur 11.6.2, tvOS 15.2, macOS Monterey 12.1, Security Update 2021-008 Catalina, iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3. A malicious application may be able to bypass certain Privacy preferences.

  • NONE
  • NONE
  • NONE

CWE-59 - Improper Link Resolution Before File Access

'Improper link resolution before file access' occurs when software accesses a file resource but fails to verify that the file isn't a link or shortcut to another file. An attacker can potentially gain access to arbitrary files and from there the impact can vary, depending on the application, from sensitive data exposure to remote code execution.


Advisory Timeline

  • Published