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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0628 -- [Win]
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI Local Elevation of Privilege
19 June 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Altiris Notification Server Agent
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Administrator Compromise
Access: Existing Account
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June 17, 2008
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI Local Elevation of Privilege
Remote Access No
Local Access Yes
Authentication Required Yes
Exploit publicly available No
A non-privileged user can leverage the Symantec Altiris Notification Server
Agent Graphical User Interface (GUI) to gain privileged access to the system.
Product Version Build Solution(s)
Altiris Notification Server Agent 6.X All 6.0 SP3 R8
Note: This issue impacts the client-side agent only and does require local
Insomnia Security notified Symantec that there was a local elevation of
privilege vulnerability in the Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI. By
successfully leveraging the issue, authorized but non-privileged users on a
local system could potentially gain unauthorized, elevated access to that
Symantec engineers have verified the vulnerability does exist in versions of
the Altiris Notification Server Agent listed above and released an update to
resolve this issue.
Symantec knows of no exploitation of or adverse customer impact from these
The update to resolve this issue can be obtained as follows:
1. Go to http://kb.altiris.com/
2. Search for KB 39159.
3. Select KB link and follow the directions to download SP3 R8.
4. After downloading the file, execute and follow the installer
instructions to upgrade Notification Server.
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.
Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for reporting
this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.
SecurityFocus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID (BID),
29708 to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability data base.
The BID which can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/29708
A CVE Candidate name will be requested from the Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures (CVE) initiative for this issue. This advisory will be revised
accordingly upon receipt of the CVE Candidate name. This issue is a candidate
for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names
for security problems.
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