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Re: Mac OSX 10.4 Dashboard Authentication Hijacking Vulnerability
From: Jonathan Zdziarski <jonathan () nuclearelephant com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 08:37:52 -0400


On May 19, 2005, at 8:31 AM, ph0enix wrote:

widget.system("sudo id >> /tmp/out", null);

ok, but this is not only specific to Dashboard widgets or Mac OS X 10.4. This is also possible with every other malicious application which waits in the background until the user hits the sudo command to elevate its privileges. Also, if you remove the password grace period in the /etc/sudoers file, the trick will not work.

The problem here is that widgets are often thought of as mini- applications, and run with the appearance of being in a different environment (e.g. your dashboard). And they run a lot of them. They're not likely to assume that widgets can contain trojans or be cautious of what they download like they are regular applications. The big problem is that Dashboard provides an interface for javascript (and other code) to execute programs on your machine, so any stupid kid out there can code up a malicious *javascript* widget that could gain full administrative privileges. Apple shouldn't be allowing this interface to access sudo IMO.

That workaround you've suggested works, I've added:

Defaults:ALL timestamp_timeout=0

to /etc/sudoers. Thanks for the tip.

Jonathan

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