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         Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Manager/Agent Local
                          Elevation of Privilege
                             20 December 2012


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Symantec Enterprise Security Manager
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Administrator Compromise -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2012-4350  

Original Bulletin: 

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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Enterprise 
Security Manager Manager/Agent Local Elevation of Privilege 
December 13, 2012

Revisions None


CVSS2 		Impact 		Exploitability 	CVSS2 Vector 
Base Score

ESM Manager/Agent unquoted search path local elevation of privilege - Medium

6.8 		10.0 		3.1 		AV:L/AC:L/AU:S/C:C/I:C/A:C


Symantec's Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) for Windows has an unquoted search
path in the Manager and Agent components. This could allow a non-privileged 
local user, able to successfully insert arbitrary code in the root path, to 
potentially execute their code with elevated privileges during system startup
or reboot.

Affected Products

Product			Version		Build	Solution(s)

Symantec Enterprise 	10.x and prior	All	Install or upgrade managers
Security Manager for				to CCS 11.0 or later, or,
Windows						apply Security Update SU44  
						for Windows ESM Manager and 
						Agent which has a check to fix 
						exiting pre-11 Windows 
						managers and agents.

Symantec Enterprise 	10.x and prior	All	Install or upgrade managers to 
Security Manager Agent 				CCS 11.0 or later, or, apply 
for Windows					Security Update SU44 for 
						Windows ESM Manager and Agent 
						which has a check to fix 
						exiting pre-11 Windows 
						managers and agents.

						A patched MSI installer for the 
						10.0 agent is available for new 
						agent installations if upgrade 
						to 11.0 isnt possible at this 

Products Not Affected

Product						Version

Symantec Control Compliance Suite for Windows	11.0

Symantec Control Compliance Suite and 
Enterprise Security Manager for Linux and Unix	All


Symantec was notified of an unquoted search path issue impacting the ESM 
manager and agents for Windows deployed as part of Symantecs Enterprise 
Security Manager. This could potentially allow an authorized but non-
privileged local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on the 
system.  A successful targeting attempt would require the local user to be able 
to insert their code in the system root path undetected by the OS or other 
security applications where it could potentially be executed during application 
startup or reboot.  If successful, the local users code would execute with the 
elevated privileges of the application.

Symantec Response

Symantec product engineers verified the reported issue and have released 
Security Update SU44 to address this issue.

A patched MSI installer for 10.0 agents is also available for new agent 
installations if upgrade to 11.0 isnt possible at this time. Go to 
to download the updated installer

Symantec is not aware of exploitation of or adverse customer impact from this 

Update Information

     Download SU44 via LiveUpdate or from the SU44 link provided
     Once SU44 is applied,
     Run the Check ESM Service ImagePath check

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 
     * 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 credits Gavin Jones with NCC Group Ltd for reporting this issue and 
coordinating with us as we resolved it.


BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned Bugtraq IDs 
(BIDs) 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. 

CVE		BID		Description
CVE-2012-4350	BID 56915	Symantec ESM Manager/Agent unquoted search 
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Last modified on: December 13, 2012

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