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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

       Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec
               Endpoint Protection Manager and Client Issues
                               19 June 2015


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Symantec Endpoint Protection
Publisher:         Symantec
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Administrator Compromise -- Existing Account
                   Denial of Service        -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2014-9229 CVE-2014-9228 CVE-2014-9227

Original Bulletin: 

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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Endpoint 
Protection Manager and Client Issues


June 17, 2015





Base Score	Impact		Exploitability		CVSS2 Vector

SEPM Auth User Blind SQLi in PHP prepared statements - Medium

4.5		6.4		3.5			AV:A/AC:M/Au:M/C:P/I:P/A:P

Local DoS Deadlock in sysplant.sys prevents system shutdown- Medium

4.4		6.9		2.7			AV:L/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:C

Local Elevation of Privilege DLL loading - Medium

4.1		6.44		2.7			AV:L/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P


Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 12.1.6 addresses vulnerabilities that were
found in prior releases. These include an authorized but less-privileged 
administrator able to attempt a blind SQL injection in the SEP Manager (SEPM)
console through PHP prepared statements; a local Denial of Service (DoS) due 
to the ability to create a deadlock in system functionality preventing 
complete system shutdown and a local elevation of privilege potential through
a dll pre-loading weakness. These issues could result in potential access to 
unauthorized data, inability to shut down or restart a system without doing a
hard power cycle or an authorized but non-privileged user possibly being able
to elevate their access to SYSTEM on a local client system.

Affected Products

Product			Version			Build		Solution(s)

Symantec Endpoint 	12.1.5 and prior	All		Migrate to SEP 12.1.6


Symantec was notified of security issues that have been addressed with the 
release of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager is susceptible to a blind, time-based SQL
injection in some interface scripts used to manage the console. The management
console does not provide sufficient validation/sanitation of submitted input.
This could enable an authorized but less-privileged user to potentially run an
unauthorized arbitrary SQL query against the backend database. This would 
include Limited Administrators as implemented in Symantec Endpoint Protection
Manager. This could possibly allow unauthorized access to data or unauthorized
manipulation of data.

SEP is susceptible to a local denial of service due to a deadlock condition in
sysplant.sys. A local user can create a local denial of service by running a 
specifically formatted call resulting in the windows system unable to fully 
shutdown. Resolution requires a hard power cycle to shut down and restart the

SEP is affected by potential dll loading issues resulting from improper path 
restrictions in some file directories not properly restrict the loading of 
external libraries. An authorized malicious local user with access to a system
could potentially insert a specifically-crafted file in one of the susceptible
directory. Such an attack would then need to entice an authorized user to load
a specifically formatted file from an alternate file location or network 
share. Successful exploitation could allow unauthorized arbitrary code to be 
executed with system permissions.

Symantec Response

Symantec product engineers verified these issues. SEPM 12.1 RU6 contains 
updates that address these findings.

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

Update Information

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 12.1 RU6 is available from Symantec File

Best Practices

Symantec strongly recommends as part of normal best practices:

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 

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 


Symantec would like to thank Knut St. Osmundsen for reporting the deadlock 
issue, Mike Czumak (@SecuritySift) for reporting the DLL Loading and Jan 
Kadijk for reporting the Blind SQL Injection and working with us as we 
addressed these issues.


BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned Bugtraq ID 
(BID) 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-2014-9227	75203		Local Elevation of Privilege DLL loading

CVE-2014-9228	75202		Local DoS Deadlock in sysplant.sys prevents system shutdown

CVE-2014-9229	75204		SEPM Auth User Blind SQLi in PHP prepared statements

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