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[Win]

Published:

21 February 2008

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                          ESB-2008.0182 -- [Win]
           Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent Privilege
                         Escalation Vulnerability
                             21 February 2008

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:              Altiris Notification Server	
Publisher:            Symantec
Operating System:     Windows
Impact:               Increased Privileges
Access:               Existing Account
CVE Names:            CVE-2008-0716

Original Bulletin:    
  http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2008.02.06.html

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SYM008-002
February 6, 2008
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent Privilege Escalation
Vulnerability

Revision History
None

Severity
Medium

Remote Access	No
Local Access	Yes
Authentication Required	Yes
Exploit publicly available	No

Overview
A privilege escalation vulnerability in the Symantec Altiris
Notification Server Agent has been identified.

Affected Product(s)
Product	Version	Build	Solution(s)
Altiris Notification Server	6.X	All	6.0 SP3 R7

Details
The Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agents are vulnerable to
a shatter attack that can lead to privilege escalation. This attack
is limited to users with login access to systems running the Symantec
Altiris Notification Server Agent.

Symantec Response
Symantec engineers have verified and fixed this vulnerability. The
following steps are required for remediation of this security issue:

    * Download Altiris_NS_6_0_SP3_KB35803.exe from the following location:
      http://www.solutionsam.com/solutions/6_0/Altiris_NS_6_0_SP3_KB35803.exe
    * Run Altiris_NS_6_0_SP3_35803.exe on the Notification Server.
    * Via the Notification Server console, upgrade all agent machines. 

Additional installation and configuration information can be found
in KB Article 35803 at http://kb.altiris.com.

Best Practices
(this is for internal use only)
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:

    * 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 patches.
    * 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 vulnerabilities

References
SecurityFocus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq
ID(BID) to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability
data base. The BID assigned is 27645 which can be found at
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/27645

Credit
Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for
reporting this issue and for providing full coordination while
Symantec resolved it.

Symantec takes the security and proper functionality of its products
very seriously. As founding members of the Organization for Internet
Safety (OISafety), Symantec follows the principles of responsible
disclosure. Symantec also subscribes to the vulnerability guidelines
outlined by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).
Please contact secure@symantec.com if you feel you have discovered
a potential or actual security issue with a Symantec product. A
Symantec Product Security team member will contact you regarding
your submission.

Symantec has developed a Product Vulnerability Handling Process
document outlining the process we follow in addressing suspected
vulnerabilities in our products. We support responsible disclosure
of all vulnerability information in a timely manner to protect
Symantec customers and the security of the Internet as a result of
vulnerability. This document is available from the location provided
below.

Symantec strongly recommends using encrypted email for reporting
vulnerability information to secure@symantec.com. The Symantec
Product Security PGP key can be obtained from the location provided
below.

Symantec Vulnerability Response Policy 	
 http://securityresponse.symantec.com/security/Symantec-Product-Vulnerability-Response.pdf

Symantec Product Vulnerability Management PGP Key
 http://securityresponse.symantec.com/security/Symantec-Vulnerability-Management-Key.asc

Copyright (c) 2008 by Symantec Corp.
Permission to redistribute this alert electronically is granted as
long as it is not edited in any way unless authorized by Symantec
Security Response. Reprinting the whole or part of this alert in
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