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Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:12:59 -0400
From: Graham Christensen <>
Subject: Re: Privilege escalation with kill(-1, SIGKILL) in XNU kernel of macOS High Sierra

One follow-up for the discussion on if this is a DoS or privilege
escalation, in the logs we saw:

    Service exited due to signal: Killed: 9 sent by nix-daemon[54108]

and were able to (inconsistently) reproduce this with other unprivileged

This indicated to us that we hadn’t tripped just a crashing bug, but
actually escalated beyond the normal access control protections of kill.


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