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Apple resolves DNS spoofing vulnerability in 2008-005

updated 12:30 am EDT, Fri August 1, 2008

Apple solves DNS spoofs

Apple on Thursday unveiled Security Update 2008-005, offering users protection against several major vulnerabilities, some of which affect many different platforms. The most major problem solved relates to Domain Name spoofing wherein a maliciously crafted website, coming in the form of a trusted website, would be substituted, allowing it to collect a user's personal information, such as address, phone number, or credit card numbers.

Additional fixes were applied to the following: Open Scripting Architecture, CarbonCore, CoreGraphics, Data Detectors Engine, Disk Utility, OpenLDAM, OpenSSL, PHP, QuickLook, and rsync. Most of the fixes relate to malicious arbitrary code execution, while some pertain to permission fixes.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    About freakin' time

    Wow, was it that hard, Apple? Really?

  1. tvalleau

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well.... sorta....

    The update does not protect users against the DNS issue, because the DNS issue is for activated BIND servers, not clients. BIND is not activated by default on user machines. In short, what this particular fix actually fixes is Mac -servers- (or anyone who has intentionally activated BIND on their machine.)

  1. bsnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's not correct.

    While DNS servers running bind are by far the main target. CERT stated that stub resolvers "AKA clients" were also at risk. I would agree that most hackers would not waste their time trying the exploit on a client. However, there is a potential for poisoning the clients DNS resolver.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Wow, was it that hard, Apple? Really?"Maybe it was - do you think they've just been sitting on their hands?

  1. Amdahl

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't fix DNS clients

    This patch does not resolve the DNS problem on the clients. Apple seems to have decided not to fix it.

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