About the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.4

This document describes the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.4.

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macOS Big Sur 11.4

Released May 24, 2021

AMD

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30678: Yu Wang of Didi Research America

AMD

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A local user may be able to cause unexpected system termination or read kernel memory

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30676: shrek_wzw

App Store

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to break out of its sandbox

Description: A path handling issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-30688: Thijs Alkemade of Computest Research Division

AppleScript

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may bypass Gatekeeper checks

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30669: Yair Hoffman

Audio

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted audio file may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30707: hjy79425575 working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

Audio

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted audio file may lead to disclosure of user information

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30685: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

Core Services

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to gain root privileges

Description: A validation issue existed in the handling of symlinks. This issue was addressed with improved validation of symlinks.

CVE-2021-30681: Zhongcheng Li (CK01)

CoreAudio

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted audio file may disclose restricted memory

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved bounds checking.

CVE-2021-30686: Mickey Jin of Trend Micro

Crash Reporter

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to modify protected parts of the file system

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30727: Cees Elzinga

CVMS

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A local attacker may be able to elevate  their privileges

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30724: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

Dock

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to access a user's call history

Description: An access issue was addressed with improved access restrictions.

CVE-2021-30673: Josh Parnham (@joshparnham)

Graphics Drivers

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A remote attacker may cause an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30684: Liu Long of Ant Security Light-Year Lab

Graphics Drivers

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: An out-of-bounds write issue was addressed with improved bounds checking.

CVE-2021-30735: Jack Dates of RET2 Systems, Inc. (@ret2systems) working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

Heimdal

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A local user may be able to leak sensitive user information

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30697: Gabe Kirkpatrick (@gabe_k)

Heimdal

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may cause a denial of service or potentially disclose memory contents

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30710: Gabe Kirkpatrick (@gabe_k)

Heimdal

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application could execute arbitrary code leading to compromise of user information

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

CVE-2021-30683: Gabe Kirkpatrick (@gabe_k)

ImageIO

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted image may lead to disclosure of user information

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved bounds checking.

CVE-2021-30687: Hou JingYi (@hjy79425575) of Qihoo 360

ImageIO

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted image may lead to disclosure of user information

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30700: Ye Zhang(@co0py_Cat) of Baidu Security

ImageIO

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted image may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30701: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro and Ye Zhang of Baidu Security

ImageIO

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted ASTC file may disclose memory contents

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30705: Ye Zhang of Baidu Security

Intel Graphics Driver

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A local user may be able to cause unexpected system termination or read kernel memory

Description: An out-of-bounds read issue was addressed by removing the vulnerable code.

CVE-2021-30719: an anonymous researcher working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

Intel Graphics Driver

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: An out-of-bounds write issue was addressed with improved bounds checking.

CVE-2021-30728: Liu Long of Ant Security Light-Year Lab

CVE-2021-30726: Yinyi Wu(@3ndy1) of Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team

Kernel

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-30740: Linus Henze (pinauten.de)

Kernel

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30704: an anonymous researcher

Kernel

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted message may lead to a denial of service

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30715: The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Kernel

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A buffer overflow was addressed with improved size validation.

CVE-2021-30736: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

Kernel

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A local attacker may be able to elevate their privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-30739: Zuozhi Fan (@pattern_F_) of Ant Group Tianqiong Security Lab

Kext Management

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A local user may be able to load unsigned kernel extensions

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30680: Csaba Fitzl (@theevilbit) of Offensive Security

LaunchServices

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to break out of its sandbox

Description: This issue was addressed with improved environment sanitization.

CVE-2021-30677: Ron Waisberg (@epsilan)

Login Window

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A person with physical access to a Mac may be able to bypass Login Window

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30702: Jewel Lambert of Original Spin, LLC.

Mail

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to misrepresent application state

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30696: Fabian Ising and Damian Poddebniak of Münster University of Applied Sciences

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted USD file may disclose memory contents

Description: An information disclosure issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30723: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

CVE-2021-30691: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

CVE-2021-30692: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

CVE-2021-30694: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted USD file may lead to unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30725: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted USD file may disclose memory contents

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2021-30746: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted image may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A validation issue was addressed with improved logic.

CVE-2021-30693: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) & Junzhi Lu (@pwn0rz) of Trend Micro

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted USD file may disclose memory contents

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved bounds checking.

CVE-2021-30695: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) & Junzhi Lu (@pwn0rz) of Trend Micro

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted USD file may lead to unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2021-30708: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) & Junzhi Lu (@pwn0rz) of Trend Micro

Model I/O

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted USD file may disclose memory contents

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30709: Mickey Jin (@patch1t) of Trend Micro

NSOpenPanel

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An application may be able to gain elevated privileges

Description: This issue was addressed by removing the vulnerable code.

CVE-2021-30679: Gabe Kirkpatrick (@gabe_k)

OpenLDAP

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause a denial of service

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2020-36226

CVE-2020-36227

CVE-2020-36223

CVE-2020-36224

CVE-2020-36225

CVE-2020-36221

CVE-2020-36228

CVE-2020-36222

CVE-2020-36230

CVE-2020-36229

PackageKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to overwrite arbitrary files

Description: An issue with path validation logic for hardlinks was addressed with improved path sanitization.

CVE-2021-30738: Qingyang Chen of Topsec Alpha Team and Csaba Fitzl (@theevilbit) of Offensive Security

Security

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted certificate may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue in the ASN.1 decoder was addressed by removing the vulnerable code.

CVE-2021-30737: xerub

smbx

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to perform denial of service

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30716: Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos

smbx

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30717: Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos

smbx

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to leak sensitive user information

Description: A path handling issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-30721: Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos

smbx

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to leak sensitive user information

Description: An information disclosure issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30722: Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos

smbx

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30712: Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos

Software Update

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A person with physical access to a Mac may be able to bypass Login Window during a software update

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30668: Syrus Kimiagar and Danilo Paffi Monteiro

SoftwareUpdate

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A non-privileged user may be able to modify restricted settings

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2021-30718: SiQian Wei of ByteDance Security

TCC

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to send unauthorized Apple events to Finder

Description: A validation issue was addressed with improved logic.

CVE-2021-30671: Ryan Bell (@iRyanBell)

TCC

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to bypass Privacy preferences. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: A permissions issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2021-30713: an anonymous researcher

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A cross-origin issue with iframe elements was addressed with improved tracking of security origins.

CVE-2021-30744: Dan Hite of jsontop

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

CVE-2021-21779: Marcin Towalski of Cisco Talos

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious application may be able to leak sensitive user information

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved restrictions.

CVE-2021-30682: an anonymous researcher and 1lastBr3ath

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2021-30689: an anonymous researcher

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2021-30749: an anonymous researcher and mipu94 of SEFCOM lab, ASU. working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2021-30734: Jack Dates of RET2 Systems, Inc. (@ret2systems) working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

WebKit

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A malicious website may be able to access restricted ports on arbitrary servers

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved restrictions.

CVE-2021-30720: David Schütz (@xdavidhu)

WebRTC

Available for: macOS Big Sur

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause a denial of service

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2021-23841: Tavis Ormandy of Google

CVE-2021-30698: Tavis Ormandy of Google

Additional recognition

App Store

We would like to acknowledge Thijs Alkemade of Computest Research Division for their assistance.

CoreCapture

We would like to acknowledge Zuozhi Fan (@pattern_F_) of Ant-financial TianQiong Security Lab for their assistance.

ImageIO

We would like to acknowledge Jzhu working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative and an anonymous researcher for their assistance.

Mail Drafts

We would like to acknowledge Lauritz Holtmann (@_lauritz_) for their assistance.

WebKit

We would like to acknowledge Chris Salls (@salls) of Makai Security for their assistance.

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