Symantec Norton Ghost 10 Service Manager Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 04.26.07
Apr 26, 2007
Symantec Norton Ghost is a backup and recovery application designed to
allow users to completely restore their systems to previous snapshots.
More information can be found from the vendors site at the following
Local exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Norton Ghost
could allow local attackers to run code as the SYSTEM level user.
Norton Ghost Service Manager is a Local Server COM object that allows
privileged Ghost Backup Operators the ability to take and restore Ghost
images of the system.
A function within the Service Manager can be used to trigger a buffer
overflow by supplying an overly long string.
Exploitation allows local attackers to execute code as the SYSTEM level
In order to be able to exploit this vulnerability, attackers must have
tasking privileges for the Norton Ghost Service Manager.
iDefense verified the existence of this vulnerability on Norton Ghost
10.0. Other versions may be vulnerable as well.
iDefense recommends limiting which users have permission to interact
with the Ghost Service Manager. Ghost provides a means to grant
specific users access to these features.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Symantec has addressed this vulnerability with a software update. The
update is available via their LiveUpdate channels. For more
information, consult their advisory at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
01/02/2007 Initial vendor notification
01/09/2007 Initial vendor response
04/26/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Pravus.
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