Archive for July 10, 2019

Zoom vulnerability and remediation script

July 10, 2019 5 comments

Zoom is a popular video conferencing suite which is used by a number of shops because it provides a consistent cross-platform experience. Recently, it was discovered that Zoom was setting up a local webserver process. This capability enabled Zoom’s client to be launched in response to clicking a URL, but it also potentially allowed someone to be forcibly connected to a Zoom call with their video camera active. This issue has been assigned the following CVE identifier:


Update: 7-11-2019 – Apple has released an update to remove the Zoom web server from all Macs. This update deploys silently and does not require user interaction. For more details, please see Zoom’s July 10th blog post:

Once this vulnerability was widely publicized, Zoom responded with an updated version of their Zoom client for macOS which removes the local webserver and also allows users to manually uninstall the Zoom client. They also provided the following manual remediation instructions:

pkill "ZoomOpener"; rm -rf ~/.zoomus; touch ~/.zoomus && chmod 000 ~/.zoomus;
pkill "RingCentralOpener"; rm -rf ~/.ringcentralopener; touch ~/.ringcentralopener && chmod 000 ~/.ringcentralopener;

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I’ve taken those commands and used them to build a script to address the vulnerabilities described in CVE-2019-13450. For more details, please see below the jump.

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