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                          ESB-2008.0628 -- [Win]
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI Local Elevation of Privilege
                               19 June 2008


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Altiris Notification Server Agent
Publisher:            Symantec
Operating System:     Windows
Impact:               Administrator Compromise
Access:               Existing Account

Original Bulletin:  

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June 17, 2008
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI Local Elevation of Privilege

Revision History


Remote Access  No
Local Access   Yes
Authentication Required    Yes
Exploit publicly available No

A non-privileged user can leverage the Symantec Altiris Notification Server 
Agent Graphical User Interface (GUI) to gain privileged access to the system.

Affected Products
Product                               Version  Build    Solution(s)
Altiris Notification Server Agent	6.X	All	6.0 SP3 R8

Note: This issue impacts the client-side agent only and does require local 
authenticated access.

Insomnia Security notified Symantec that there was a local elevation of 
privilege vulnerability in the Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI. By 
successfully leveraging the issue, authorized but non-privileged users on a 
local system could potentially gain unauthorized, elevated access to that 

Symantec Response
Symantec engineers have verified the vulnerability does exist in versions of 
the Altiris Notification Server Agent listed above and released an update to 
resolve this issue.

Symantec knows of no exploitation of or adverse customer impact from these 

The update to resolve this issue can be obtained as follows:

   1. Go to http://kb.altiris.com/
   2. Search for KB 39159.
   3. Select KB link and follow the directions to download SP3 R8.
   4. After downloading the file, execute and follow the installer 
      instructions to upgrade Notification Server.

Best Practices
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:

    * Restrict access to administration or management systems to privileged 
    * Restrict remote access, if required, to trusted/authorized systems only.
    * Run under the principle of least privilege where possible to limit the 
      impact of exploit by threats.
    * Keep all operating systems and applications updated with the latest 
      vendor patches.
    * Follow a multi-layered approach to security. Run both firewall and 
      anti-malware applications, at a minimum, to provide multiple points of 
      detection and protection to both inbound and outbound threats.
    * Deploy network and host-based intrusion detection systems to monitor
      network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This may
      aid in detection of attacks or malicious activity related to 
      exploitation of latent vulnerabilities. 

Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for reporting 
this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.

SecurityFocus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID (BID), 
29708 to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability data base. 
The BID which can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/29708

A CVE Candidate name will be requested from the Common Vulnerabilities and 
Exposures (CVE) initiative for this issue. This advisory will be revised 
accordingly upon receipt of the CVE Candidate name. This issue is a candidate 
for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names
for security problems.

Symantec takes the security and proper functionality of its products very 
seriously. As founding members of the Organization for Internet Safety 
(OISafety), Symantec follows the principles of responsible disclosure. 
Symantec also subscribes to the vulnerability guidelines outlined by the 
National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). Please contact 
secure@symantec.com if you feel you have discovered a potential or actual 
security issue with a Symantec product. A Symantec Product Security team 
member will contact you regarding your submission.

Symantec has developed a Product Vulnerability Handling Process document 
outlining the process we follow in addressing suspected vulnerabilities in
our products. We support responsible disclosure of all vulnerability 
information in a timely manner to protect Symantec customers and the security
of the Internet as a result of vulnerability. This document is available from 
the location provided below.

Symantec strongly recommends using encrypted email for reporting vulnerability 
information to secure@symantec.com. The Symantec Product Security PGP key can 
be obtained from the location provided below.

Symantec-Product-Vulnerability-Response Symantec Vulnerability Response 
Policy 	Symantec Product Vulnerability Management PGP Key Symantec Product 
Vulnerability Management PGP Key

Copyright (c) 2008 by Symantec Corp.
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Last modified on: Monday, 16-Jun-08 10:01:22
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