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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-2540

Apple Safari on Mac OS X, and before 3.1.2 on Windows, does not prompt the user before downloading an object that has an unrecognized content type, which allows remote attackers to place malware into the (1) Desktop directory on Windows or (2) Downloads directory on Mac OS X, and subsequently allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on Windows by leveraging an untrusted search path vulnerability in (a) Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP or (b) the SearchPath function in Windows XP, Vista, and Server 2003 and 2008, aka a "Carpet Bomb" and a "Blended Threat Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability," a different issue than CVE-2008-1032. NOTE: Apple considers this a vulnerability only because the Microsoft products can load application libraries from the desktop and, as of 20080619, has not covered the issue in an advisory for Mac OS X.
Publish Date : 2008-06-03 Last Update Date : 2017-11-22
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Complete (There is total information disclosure, resulting in all system files being revealed.)
Integrity Impact Complete (There is a total compromise of system integrity. There is a complete loss of system protection, resulting in the entire system being compromised.)
Availability Impact Complete (There is a total shutdown of the affected resource. The attacker can render the resource completely unavailable.)
Access Complexity Medium (The access conditions are somewhat specialized. Some preconditions must be satistified to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access Admin
Vulnerability Type(s) Execute Code
CWE ID 264

- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
Blended Threat Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5782 windows
Blended Threat Remote Code Execution Vulnerability oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6108 windows
Blended Threat Remote Code Execution Vulnerability oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8509 windows
MS09-015: Blended Threat Vulnerability in SearchPath Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (959426) oval:gov.nist.fdcc.patch:def:11554 windows
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-2540

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Apple Safari 3.0 ~~~windows~~ Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Apple Safari 3.0.1 ~~~windows~~ Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Apple Safari 3.0.2 ~~~windows~~ Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Apple Safari 3.0.3 ~~~windows~~ Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Apple Safari 3.0.4 Beta ~~~windows~~ Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Apple Safari 3.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Apple Safari 3.1.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Apple Safari 7

- References For CVE-2008-2540
VUPEN ADV-2009-1029
XF apple-safari-windows-code-execution(42765)
VUPEN ADV-2008-1706
VUPEN ADV-2009-1028
CERT TA09-104A
SECTRACK 1022047
BID 29445 Apple Safari and Microsoft Windows Client-side Code Execution Vulnerability Release Date:2009-04-20
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-015 Blended Threat Vulnerability in SearchPath Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (959426) This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in the Windows SearchPath function that could allow elevation of privilege if a user downloaded a specially crafted file to a specific location, then opened an application that could load the file under certain circumstances.
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-014 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (963027) This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer or if a user connects to an attacker's server by way of the HTTP protocol. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Microsoft Advisory Microsoft Security Advisory (953818): Blended Threat from Combined Attack Using Apple?s Safari on the Windows Platform - Version: 2.0 Revision Note: V2.0 (April 14, 2009): Added references and links to MS09-014 and MS09-015, which address the issue in this advisory. Summary: Microsoft has investigated public reports of a blended threat that allows remote code execution on all supported versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista when Apple?s Safari for Windows has been installed. Safari is not installed with Windows XP or Windows Vista by default; it must be installed independently or through the Apple Software Update application. Customers running Safari on Windows should review this advisory.Release Date:2009-04-14
APPLE APPLE-SA-2008-06-19

- Vulnerability Conditions

Vulnerability is valid if product versions listed below are used TOGETHER WITH(AND)

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-2540

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