MacOS SUHelper Root Privilege Escalation Vulnerability: A Deep Dive Into CVE-2022-22639

Trend Micro researchers discovered a vulnerability in suhelperd, a helper daemon process for Software Update in macOS. A class inside suhelperd, SUHelper, provides an essential system service through the inter-process communication (IPC) mechanism. The process runs as root and is signed with special entitlements, such as, which grants the process permission to bypass System Integrity Protection (SIP) restrictions. This combination of functionalities presents an attractive opportunity for malicious actors to exploit the vulnerability.

Designated as CVE-2022-22639, the vulnerability could allow root privilege escalation if successfully exploited. After discovering the flaw, we reported it to Apple, hence the release of a patch through the macOS Monterey 12.3 security update

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Source: Trend Micro