Apple OS X IOAcceleratorFamily2 Buffer Overflow Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

2016-05-19T00:00:00
ID ZDI-16-340
Type zdi
Reporter Jack Tang and Moony Li of Trend Micro
Modified 2016-11-09T00:00:00

Description

This vulnerability allows local attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Apple OS X. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the handling of the IOAcceleratorFamily2 interface. The issue lies in the failure to ensure that a user-supplied size is within the bounds of the allocated buffer. An attacker can leverage this to escalate their privileges and execute code under the context of the kernel.