An exploitable privilege escalation vulnerability exists in the helper service of Clean My Mac X, version 4.04, due to improper input validation. An attacker with local access could exploit this vulnerability to modify the file system as root.
Clean My Mac X 4.04
7.1 - CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:H/A:N
CWE-19: Improper Input Validation
CleanMyMac X is an all-in-one cleanup and optimization tool for the Mac operating system. The application is able to scan the system and user directories, looking for unused and leftover files and applications. The applications also markets the ability to help detect and prevent viruses and malware on OS X. The software utilizes a privilege helper tool running as root to get this work done faster. This allows the application to remove and modify system files.
The vulnerability lies in the
disableLaunchdAgentAtPath function of the helper protocol. The code for this function is:
user_input = objc_retain(arg_3); v8 = objc_retain(v6); v9 = +[CMLaunchdManager disableAgentAtPath:](&OBJC_CLASS___CMLaunchdManager, "disableAgentAtPath:", user_input, v5);  objc_release(user_input);
At location , the process passes user input directly into
disableLaunchdAgentAtPath, which simply calls
launchtl and unloads the script from the provided location. All
launchtl commands must be run as root. There is no validation of the calling application, therefore, any application is able to access this function. This crosses a privilege boundary, allowing non-root users to uninstall
launchd scripts as root.
Included with this advisory is an Xcode project as well as a Python script. The Python script needs an administrator’s password to set up some root files on the system and exploit the vulnerability. The Xcode project contains the proof of concept.
2018-11-20 - Vendor Disclosure
2018-12-27 - Vendor Patched
2019-01-02 - Public Release
Discovered by Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos.