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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec
Local Elevation of Privilege
27 March 2013
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Enterprise Vault
Operating System: Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2013-1609
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Enterprise Vault
Local Elevation of Privilege
March 21, 2013
CVSS2 Impact Exploitability CVSS2 Vector
EV 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 Enterprise Vault (EV) for File System Archiving has an unquoted
search path in the File Collector and File PlaceHolder services. This could
provide a non-privileged local user the ability to successfully insert
arbitrary code in the root path.
Product Version Build Solution(s)
Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving 10.0.0 All Recommended that users upgrade to 10.0.1 or later
Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving < 9.0.4 All Recommended that users upgrade to 9.0.4 or 10.0.1 or later
Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving 8.x All Product is EOL/EOS. It is recommended that users upgrade to 9.0.4 or 10.0.1 or later
Products Not Affected
Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving 10.0.1 or later
Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving 9.0.4
Symantec was notified of an unquoted search path issue impacting the File
Collector and File PlaceHolder services for Windows deployed as part of
Symantec Enterprise Vault. This could potentially allow an authorized but
non-privileged local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on
the system. A successful 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.
This issue was previously identified and fixed as part of Symantec internal
testing. The fix was incorporated into versions 10.0.1 and 9.0.4 of Symantec
Enterprise Vault. Symantec recommends upgrading to the latest version of the
Symantec is not aware of exploitation of or adverse customer impact from this
Update to latest version (9.0.4; 10.0.1 or later). See Tech Note: TECH54592
for more information.
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. 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 Sean McCarthy (http://www.nccgroup.com/) for reporting this
issue and working with us.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID
(BIDs) to this issue for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability
CVE: This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
CVE BID Description
CVE-2013-1609 58617 Symantec Enterprise Vault unquoted search path
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