TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

(Pwn2Own) Apple macOS HFS Uninitialized Memory Information Disclosure Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-17-352: May 18th, 2017


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Affected Vendors

Affected Products


Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows local attackers to disclose sensitive information on vulnerable installations of Apple macOS. An attacker must first obtain the ability to execute low-privileged code on the target system in order to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the handling of HFS. The issue results from the lack of proper initialization of memory prior to accessing it. An attacker can leverage this in conjunction with other vulnerabilities to escalate privileges in the context of the kernel.

Vendor Response

Apple has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2017-03-17 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2017-05-18 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Chaitin Security Research Lab