Bulletin Date: September 30, 2020

Platform: macOS

Assigned CVE: CVE-2020-25776

CVSSv3 Score: 7.8 (AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Severity Rating: High


The Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac 2020 consumer family of products has released an update via ActiveUpdate to address a symbolic link privilege escalation vulnerability.

Affected versions

Product Affected Versions Platform Language(s)
Antivirus for Mac 2020 (v10.x) macOS English
Antivirus for Mac 2019 (v9.x) macOS English


Product Updated Build(s) Platform Language(s)
Antivirus for Mac 2020 (v10.x) via ActiveUpdate macOS English

Trend Micro has addressed this vulnerability on the 2020 family of products (version 10.x) via a patch that is available now through the product’s automatic ActiveUpdate feature for all versions of Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac listed above. Customers who have at least version 10.0 will already have the necessary patch applied. Customers who have version 9.0 and below are recommended to install the latest version to address the issue.

The latest versions of Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac can be found here.

Vulnerability Details

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac 2020 (Consumer) is vulnerable to a symbolic link privilege escalation attack where an attacker could exploit a critical file on the system to escalate their privileges.

Trend Micro has received no reports nor is aware of any actual attacks against the affected product related to this vulnerability at this time.


Trend Micro would like to thank the following individual for responsibly disclosing the issue and working with Trend Micro to help protect our customers: 

Additional Assistance

Customers who have questions are encouraged to contact Trend Micro Technical Support for further assistance.

Technical Reference

  • ZDI-CAN-10941

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