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ESB-2007.0856 -- [Win] -- Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution TFTP/MTFTP Service Directory Traversal Vulnerability

Date: 01 November 2007

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                          ESB-2007.0856 -- [Win]
          Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution TFTP/MTFTP Service
                     Directory Traversal Vulnerability
                              1 November 2007


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution
Publisher:            iDEFENSE
Operating System:     Windows Server 2003
                      Windows 2000 Server
Impact:               Access Confidential Data
Access:               Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names:            CVE-2007-3874

Original Bulletin:

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Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution TFTP/MTFTP Service Directory
Traversal Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 10.31.07
Oct 31, 2007


Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution is an automated OS deployment
solution that is used for deploying and managing servers, desktops, and
notebooks from a central location. More information is available on the
vendor's site at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of a directory traversal vulnerability in Symantec's
Altiris Deployment Solution products could allow attackers to gain read
access to arbitrary files hosted on the Altiris server.

Altiris Deployment Solution includes a tftp/mtftp server within its
optional PXE server component which suffers from a directory traversal
condition. The server runs with SYSTEM level privileges and allows
unauthenticated attackers to download any file on the system.


Exploitation allows attackers to read arbitrary files from the server
machine. The tftp/mftp daemon runs with SYSTEM level privileges, so any
file readable by SYSTEM with a known file path can be downloaded without


iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Altiris
Deployment Solution for Windows version 6.8. The specific vulnerable
executable is pxemtftp.exe version 6.8.8297.48.


If the PXE server component is not required in your environment it
should be disabled.


Symantec Altiris has addressed this vulnerability by releasing a HotFix.
More information is available in Symantec's advisory at the following


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-3874 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


07/13/2007  Initial vendor notification
07/16/2007  Initial vendor response
10/31/2007  Public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Manuel Santamarina

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