19 June 2008
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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 =========================================================================== AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution 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: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2008.06.17.html - --------------------------BEGIN INCLUDED TEXT-------------------- SYM08-014 June 17, 2008 Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI Local Elevation of Privilege Revision History None Severity Medium Remote Access No Local Access Yes Authentication Required Yes Exploit publicly available No Overview 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. Details 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 system. 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 issues. 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 users. * 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. Credit Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for reporting this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it. References 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. 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