CVE Vulnerabilities


Improper Initialization

Published: Sep 08, 2021 | Modified: Sep 17, 2021
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x
7.1 HIGH

A memory initialization issue was addressed with improved memory handling. This issue is fixed in Security Update 2021-002 Catalina, Security Update 2021-003 Mojave, iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4, tvOS 14.5, macOS Big Sur 11.3. A malicious application may be able to disclose kernel memory.


The product does not initialize or incorrectly initializes a resource, which might leave the resource in an unexpected state when it is accessed or used.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Ipados Apple * 14.5 (excluding)
Iphone_os Apple * 14.5 (excluding)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14 (including) 10.14.5 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15 (including) 10.15.5 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6 (including) 10.14.6 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2019-001 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2019-001 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2019-002 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2019-002 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2019-004 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2019-004 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2019-005 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2019-005 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2019-006 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2019-006 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2019-007 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2019-007 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-001 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-001 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-002 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-002 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-003 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-003 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-004 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-004 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-005 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-005 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-006 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-006 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2020-007 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2020-007 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2021-001 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2021-001 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-security_update_2021-002 (including) 10.14.6-security_update_2021-002 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-supplemental_update (including) 10.14.6-supplemental_update (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.14.6-supplemental_update_2 (including) 10.14.6-supplemental_update_2 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.6 (including) 10.15.6 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.6-supplemental_update (including) 10.15.6-supplemental_update (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7 (including) 10.15.7 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7-security_update_2020 (including) 10.15.7-security_update_2020 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7-security_update_2020-001 (including) 10.15.7-security_update_2020-001 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7-security_update_2020-005 (including) 10.15.7-security_update_2020-005 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7-security_update_2020-007 (including) 10.15.7-security_update_2020-007 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7-security_update_2021-001 (including) 10.15.7-security_update_2021-001 (including)
Mac_os_x Apple 10.15.7-supplemental_update (including) 10.15.7-supplemental_update (including)
Macos Apple 11.0 (including) 11.3 (excluding)
Tvos Apple * 14.5 (excluding)
Watchos Apple * 7.4 (excluding)

Potential Mitigations

  • Use a language that does not allow this weakness to occur or provides constructs that make this weakness easier to avoid.
  • For example, in Java, if the programmer does not explicitly initialize a variable, then the code could produce a compile-time error (if the variable is local) or automatically initialize the variable to the default value for the variable’s type. In Perl, if explicit initialization is not performed, then a default value of undef is assigned, which is interpreted as 0, false, or an equivalent value depending on the context in which the variable is accessed.