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Foofus.net Security Advisory: Symantec AMS Intel Alert Handler service Design Flaw



Foofus.net Security Advisory: Symantec AMS Intel Alert Handler service Design Flaw
Foofus.net Security Advisory: Symantec AMS Intel Alert Handler service Design Flaw



=================================================Foofus.net Security Advisory: foofus-20100726
=================================================Title:		Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition AMS Intel Alert Handler

Version:	10.1.8.8000 and earlier

Vendor:		Symantec 

Release Date:	26.07.2010

Issue Status:	Reported To Vendor on 01/06/2010

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1. Summary:



Alert Management Service (AMS2) is a service used to setup, manage and report 

alerts within legacy Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition products. 



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2. Description:



The Intel Alert Handler service (hndlrsvc.exe) provides alert setup and response 

capabilities to AMS2. A design error in Symantec's implementation of this function 

allows an attacker who can establish a TCP connection to port 38292, on a vulnerable

host to execute commands at system level on that host.



No special exploit code is needed to carry out this attack, by leveraging the AMS 

server console tool an attacker can setup an alert response to run a command on a

vulnerable system without authenticating. The AMS server console can also be used 

to remotely trigger the alert causing the command to execute at system level.





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3. Impact:



Exploiting this allows an adversary to execute code on a vulnerable system with out

authenticating



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4. Affected Products:



All version of Symantec SAVCE with AMS server installed, or Symantec System CenterConsole 

with AMS plugin installed are vulnerable to this exploit.



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5. Solution:



   a. Uninstall Symantec System Center. It is advised that any system vulnerable to 

      this exploit have all Symantec products uninstalled and reinstalled. Uninstalling

      the AMS plugin from an affected installation will not remove the vulnerability. 

   b. Uninstall AMS server

   c. Disable Alert Handler (hndlrsvc.exe)  service

   d. Also upgrade to the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection



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6) Time Table:



01/06/2010 Reported Vulnerability to Vendor. 

01/11/2010 Vendor acknowledged Receiving report 

01/12/2010 Vendor Tried to convince me that this was XFR.exe issue

07/26/2010 Publishes Advisory



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7) Credits: Discovered by SPIDER 



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8. Reference:



http://www.foofus.net/?page_id=149 


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