Apple AirPort wireless drivers vulnerable to integer overflow

ID VU:563492
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2006-11-01T00:00:00



An integer overflow exists in the Apple AirPort wireless drivers. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, or create a denial-of-service condition.


According to Apple,

An integer overflow exists in the AirPort wireless driver's API for third-party wireless software. This could lead to a buffer overflow in such applications dependent upon API usage.
Note that the attacker needs to have 802.11 wireless connectivity to the vulnerable system to exploit this vulnerability. If successfully exploited, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with user-level privileges.

It is important to note that because the vulnerability exists at a lower network layer than TCP/IP, software firewalls, anti-virus software, and host-based IDS or IPS systems may not protect against this vulnerability.

For information on affected versions of OS X refer to Apple Security Update 2006-005.


An unauthenticated remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running an application using the affected API or cause that application to crash.


Apply updates from Apple
Apple has released updates to address this issue. See Apple Security Update 2006-005 for more details.

Disable the Affected Wireless Adapter

Turning off the wireless adapter can mitigate this vulnerability. To turn off the wireless card, follow the instructions found in Apple's Knowledgebase:

Turning AirPort off

Turn your AirPort Card off when you're in situations where radio communication may be prohibited, such as in an airplane or at a hospital.
1. Open the Internet Connect application and click AirPort in the toolbar.
2. Click Turn AirPort Off.

If you have disabled the AirPort port in Network preferences, then your AirPort Card is already turned off. To disable the AirPort port, choose Network Port Configurations from the Show pop-up menu and deselect the AirPort checkbox.

Systems Affected

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.| | -| 22 Sep 2006
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A


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This vulnerability was reported in Apple Security Update 2006-005 .

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3509
  • Date Public: 21 Sep 2006
  • Date First Published: 22 Sep 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 01 Nov 2006
  • Severity Metric: 21.94
  • Document Revision: 44