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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0251 -- [Win]
Symantec Altiris Deployment Server Escalation of Privileges
12 March 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Altiris Deployment Server
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Increased Privileges
Access: Existing Account
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March 10, 2008
Symantec Altiris Deployment Server Escalation of Privileges
Remote Access No
Local Access Yes
Authentication Required Yes
Exploit publicly available No
An escalation of privilege vulnerability in the Symantec Altiris Deployment
Solution Agent (AClient.exe) has been resolved.
Product Version Build Solution(s)
Altiris Deployment Solution 6.8.x All 6.9.164
The Symantec Altiris Deployment Server Agents are susceptible to privilege
escalation vulnerability, commonly known as a shatter attack, which can lead
to unauthorized privileged access. This attack is limited to users with login
access to systems running the Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution Agent
Symantec engineers have verified and resolved this vulnerability. The
following steps are required for remediation of this security issue:
* Goto http://www.altiris.com/download.aspx
* Enter your email address.
* Select "Deployment Solution for Clients 6.9" from the drop-down box
* Click "Submit"
* Accept the "End User License Agreement"
* Click on "Deployment Solution for Clients 6.9" to download a zip file
containing the Deployment Solution update.
* Unzip the update package and double-click on
* Follow the installation instructions
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:
* Restrict access to administration or management systems to privileged
* 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
* 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
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 28110 which can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/28110.
Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for reporting
this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.
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