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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Symantec Event Manipulation Potential Scan Bypass
22 February 2010
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec AntiVirus 10.0.x
Symantec AntiVirus 10.1.x
Symantec AntiVirus 10.2.x
Symantec Client Security 3.0.x
Symantec Client Security 3.1.x
Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.x
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Reduced Security -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2010-0106
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Event Manipulation
Potential Scan Bypass
February 17, 2010
Updated to note that this issue requires Local Access and cannot be done
Remote Access No
Local Access Yes
Authentication Required No
Exploit publicly available No
On-demand scanning with Symantec Antivirus and Symantec Endpoint Protection can
be bypassed by denying read access to user files.
Product Version Solution(s)
Symantec AntiVirus 10.0.x Upgrade to MR9 and ensure
Tamper Protection is enabled.
Symantec AntiVirus 10.2.x Ensure Tamper Protection is
Symantec Client Security 3.0.x Upgrade to MR9 and ensure
Tamper Protection is enabled.
Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.x Ensure Tamper Protection is
Symantec was notified of a means to potentially bypass an on-demand scan in
Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec Endpoint Protection.
If Symantec Tamper protection is disabled, it is possible to potentially bypass
scanning by having another entity deny read access to Symantec AntiVirus or
Symantec Enterprise Protection.
Should an attacker succeed in passing sufficient specific events to the
application, on-demand scans could potentially cease to run. The application
will no longer accept the users current token degrading the on-demand scan
capability while the user remains logged on.
Symantec product engineers have released MR9 for the Symantec Products listed
above that fix the issue. Symantec recommends that all customers apply the
latest available updates to protect against threats of this nature.
Symantec also recommends that the Symantec Tamper Protection be enabled for all
customers who use Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec EndPoint Protection.
Symantec is not aware of any exploitation of or adverse customer impact from
If Customers of Symantec AntiVirus 10.1.x and Symantec Endpoint Protection
11.x are unable to upgrade to the latest available updates, Symantec recommends
that Symantec Tamper Protection be enabled to aid in mitigation of possible
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
* Follow a multi-layered approach to security.
o Run both firewall and anti-malware applications, at a minimum, to
provide multiple points of detection and protection to both inbound
and outbound threats.
o 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 Jeffrey Walton for reporting this issue and
coordinating with Symantec for resolution.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID
(BID)38219 to these issues for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability
CVE: These issues are candidates for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems. The CVE
initiative has assigned CVE-2010-0106 to this issue
Symantec takes the security and proper functionality of our products very
seriously. As founding members of the Organization for Internet Safety
(OISafety), Symantec supports and follows the OISafety responsible disclosure
guidelines. Symantec also subscribes to the vulnerability disclosure guidelines
outlined by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel you have discovered a security
issue in a Symantec product. A Symantec Product Security team member will
contact you regarding your submission. Symantec strongly recommends using
encrypted email for reporting vulnerability information to email@example.com.
The Symantec Product Security PGP key can be found at the end of this message.
Symantec has developed a Product Vulnerability Response document outlining the
process we follow in addressing suspected vulnerabilities in our products. This
document is available below.
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Last modified on: February 17, 2010
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