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Symantec AntiVirus 9 Corporate Edition Local Privilege Escalation vuln



iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.29.05: Symantec AntiVirus 9 Corporate Edition Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.29.05: Symantec AntiVirus 9 Corporate Edition Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability



Symantec AntiVirus 9 Corporate Edition Local Privilege Escalation
Vulnerability 

iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.29.05
www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=298&type=vulnerabilities 
August 29, 2005

I. BACKGROUND

Symantec AntiVirus 9 Corporate Edition is an enterprise quality 
Anti-Virus solution for the Windows platform. 

More information can be found at the following location:

http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/products/products.cfm?ProductID=1 
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II. DESCRIPTION

Local exploitation of a design error in the Symantec AntiVirus 9
Corporate Edition may allow a user to gain elevated privileges.
Exploitation can occur when a user chooses the right click "Scan for
viruses" option. The Symantec scan file interface allows the user to
launch a help window through the use of a toolbar icon. If the user
then right clicks the help window title bar they can choose the "Jump
to URL" menu option, which will then allow them to browse the local
file system and execute files as the SYSTEM user.

This vulnerability is a re-appearance of an old bug formerly found in
the Symantec 7.x series virus scan product.

http://cert.uni-stuttgart.de/archive/bugtraq/2002/10/msg00357.html 
http://cert.uni-stuttgart.de/archive/bugtraq/2002/10/msg00379.html 

III. ANALYSIS

Successful exploitation allows a local attacker to execute arbitrary
commands as the System Administrator user.

IV. DETECTION

iDEFENSE has confirmed this vulnerability exists in version 9.0.1.1000
of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition for Windows with all current
updates applied. This is a re-appearance of an old bug that was
reportedly fixed in versions 7.5.1 Build 62 and later, and version
7.6.1 Build 35a.

V. WORKAROUND

iDEFENSE is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.

VI. VENDOR RESPONSE

"Symantec engineers have verified this issue and corrected it in 
Maintenance Release (MR) 3 and all subsequent MRs and upgrades for
Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Symantec Client Security."

A vendor advisory for this issue is available at the following URL:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2005.08.24.html 


VII. CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-2017 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for 
security problems.

VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

06/15/2005 Initial vendor notification
06/15/2005 Initial vendor response
08/29/2005 Coordinated public disclosure

IX. CREDIT

The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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X. LEGAL NOTICES

Copyright (c) 2005 iDEFENSE, Inc.

Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert
electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express
written consent of iDEFENSE. If you wish to reprint the whole or any
part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically, please
email customerservice@idefense.com for permission. 

Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate
at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.
There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect,
or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on,
this information.


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