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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0196 -- [Win][Linux][HP-UX][Solaris][AIX]
Veritas Storage Foundation by Symantec: Veritas Enterprise
Administrator, Heap Overflow
22 February 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows 5.0
Win2k, Win2003 32-bit
Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows 5.0
Win2k, Win2003 64-bit
Veritas Storage Foundation for Unix 5.0 Solaris,
HP-UX, Linux, AIX
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Denial of Service
CVE Names: CVE-2008-0638
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20 February, 2008
Veritas Storage Foundation by Symantec: Veritas Enterprise Administrator,
High (very configuration-dependent)
Remote Access network access or authorized user interaction
required in normal configuration
Local Access No
Authentication Required Authorized network access in normal configuration
Exploit publicly available No
A Heap Overflow vulnerability has been identified and resolved in
the Veritas Enterprise Administrator (VEA) component, specifically
in the administrative service. Symantecs VEA is the management GUI
component of Veritas Storage Foundation. Successful exploitation
of this issue can result in a crash of the service in both the 5.0
Windows and Unix versions. The potential for possible remote code
execution in the 5.0 Windows version has been confirmed.
Product Version Platform Solution(s)
Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows 5.0 Win2k, Win2003 32-bit
Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows 5.0 Win2k, Win2003 64-bit
Veritas Storage Foundation for Unix 5.0 Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, AIX
Note: Only those platforms and versions indicated are affected by this issue.
3Com ZDI notified Symantec of a heap overflow vulnerability identified
in the Symantec VEA administrative service. The vulnerability was
caused by a failure to properly validate incoming data passed to
the administrative service resulting in a heap overflow. A specifically
crafted packet passed to the vulnerable service could result in the
administrative services terminating unexpectedly in the affected
Windows and Unix versions. The potential to permit arbitrary code
was verified in the affected Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows
version. Successful exploitation could potentially result in a
privileged-level compromise of the targeted system.
This vulnerability, if successfully exploited, would normally be
the result of an internal attack by a malicious but authorized user
or an individual who was able to leverage unauthorized access to a
specific network segment. In Symantecs recommended installation the
affected service should have limited or no exposure to the general
internal network and no exposure outside of the corporate network
as this greatly reduces the risk from unauthorized remote access
through external, unauthenticated vectors.
Symantec takes the security of our products and our customers very
seriously. Symantec engineers have verified and corrected these
issues in all currently supported vulnerable versions of Symantecs
Veritas Enterprise Administrator.
Updates are available for all supported products. Symantec recommends
customers apply the latest product update available for their
supported product versions to enhance their security posture and
protect against potential security threats of this nature.
Symantec knows of no exploitation of or adverse customer impact
from this issue.
Additional information concerning patches for affected products can
be found at: http://entsupport.symantec.com/docs/297327
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:
* Restrict access to administration or management systems to
* Restrict remote access, if required, to trusted/authorized
* 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
* 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.
Symantec credits Sebastian Apelt, email@example.com, working
through 3Com ZDI for reporting this issue and for providing full
coordination while Symantec resolved it.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) initiative has
assigned CVE Candidate CVE- 2008-0638 to this issue.
This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security
SecurityFocus has assigned BID 25778 to this vulnerability.
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).
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vulnerabilities in our products. We support responsible disclosure
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vulnerability information to email@example.com. The Symantec
Product Security PGP key can be obtained from the location provided
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