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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0538 -- [Win][Linux][Solaris]
Altiris Deployment Solution Multiple Vulnerabilities
23 May 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Altiris Deployment Solution
Operating System: Linux variants
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access Privileged Data
CVE Names: CVE-2008-2291 CVE-2008-2290 CVE-2008-2289
CVE-2008-2288 CVE-2008-2287 CVE-2008-2286
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May 14, 2008
Altiris Deployment Solution Multiple Vulnerabilities
May 15, 2008 - Public code has been made availible available
One High severity issue
Five Medium severity issues
Remote Access Yes (authorized network access required)
Local Access Yes
Authentication Required No
Exploit publicly available No
Multiple vulnerabilities were reported in Altiris Deployment Solution.
Exploitation of these issues could possibly lead to unauthorized
information disclosure, system information corruption or, with the
most severe, potentially allow remote access arbitrary code execution
with elevated privileges.
Product Version Build Solution(s)
Altiris Deployment Solution 6.8.x & 6.9.x All builds prior to 6.9.176
3Com Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) reported two issues:
1. Altiris Deployment Solution is susceptible to an SQL injection
vulnerability. The vulnerability, if successfully exploited, could
potentially allow a user with authorized network access to run
arbitrary code on a targeted system. Issue severity: High.
2. A remote user with authorized network access could potentially
request and obtain encrypted Altiris Deployment Solution domain
credentials without being required to properly authenticate on the
targeted system. Due to weaknesses in the encryption, this could
potentially result in the unauthorized exposure of these domain
credentials. Issue severity: Medium.
Sybsecurity reported four issues:
1. A non-privileged user with authorized access on a targeted system
could potentially leverage the Altiris Deployment Solutions Agents
user interface to access a privileged command prompt. Issue
2. A non-privileged user could leverage a common graphical user
interface element (tooltip) to potentially access a command prompt
running under elevated user privileges. Issue severity: Medium
3. The Altiris Deployment Solution creates several registry keys with
insufficient access security. Any user with access to a targeted
system could potentially modify or delete these registry keys,
resulting in possible unauthorized access to system information or
disruption of service. Issue severity: Medium.
4. A system user with access to the install directory of Deployment
Solution could potentially replace application components with
arbitrary code that could run with administrative privileges on
the targeted system. Issue severity: Medium.
Symantec engineers have verified these issues and resolved them in a
hotfix for Altiris Deployment Solution 6.9. Customers currently using
version 6.8 should upgrade to 6.9 and apply all hotfixes.
Proof-of-concept code has been released for the issues identified by
Sybsecurity.com .Symantec currently knows of no adverse customer
impact from these issues.
The following steps are required to access and install the hotfix:
* Go to http://kb.altiris.com/
* Search for KB 41418.
* Select KB link and download upgrade/hotfix file.
* After downloading the file, execute and follow the installer
instructions to upgrade Deployment Solution.
Note: This hotfix will require a rollout of upgraded DS Agent
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 systems
* 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
SecurityFocus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a
Bugtraq ID (BID) to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus
vulnerability database.The BIDs assigned are 29198, 29199,
29194, 29218, 29196, and 29197.
Symantec credits Brett Moore of Insomnia Security, working through
3Com ZDI (Zero Day Initiative) for reporting these issues and for
providing full coordination while Symantec resolved them.
Symantec credits Alex Hernandez of sybsecurity.com and Eduardo
Vela for reporting these issues and for providing full coordination
while Symantec resolved them.
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