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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Symantec Altiris Deployment and Notification Management Web
Console RunCmd Vulnerability
26 November 2009
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution
Symantec Altiris Notification Server
Symantec Management Platform
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
Access Privileged Data -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2009-3033
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantecs Altiris
Deployment and Notification Management Web Console RunCmd Vulnerability
November 24, 2009
Remote Access Yes
Local Access No
Authentication Required No
Exploit publicly available No
Symantecs Altiris Deployment Solution, Notification Server and Symantec
Management Platform web consoles install a vulnerable ActiveX control.
Exploitation of one of the methods used by this control could possibly
lead to unauthorized information disclosure, system information corruption
or potentially allow arbitrary code execution in the context of the users
browser. Successful exploitation would require user interaction to download
Product Version Build Solution(s)
Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution 6.9.x All Apply Hotfix
Symantec Altiris Notification Server 6.0.x All Apply Hotfix
Symantec Management Platform 7.0.x All Apply Hotfix
Symantec ships an ActiveX control, AeXNSConsoleUtilities.dll with a
vulnerable method in Symantecs Altiris Notification Server / Symantec
Management Platform and with Symantecs Altiris Deployment Solution 6.9.
The vulnerable control is downloaded during the initial connection to the
web console on the management server to enable authorized admin access to
the management server. While the control is not intended to be called
externally, it fails to sufficently validate/filter user input which could
potentially allow unauthorized execution of arbitrary code in the context
of the users browser on a system that has downloaded this control.A
successful attempt to exploit this issue would require the system user to
be enticed to download malicious content either through browsing to a
malicious web site, internal or external to the network, or potentially
through a malicious email that contained HTML or script to call the
Symantec engineers have verified this finding and released an update to
resolve this issue. Symantec is not aware of any customer impact from this
issue. Follow instructions and hotfix provided below:
For Symantec Altiris Notification Server and Symantec Management Platform,
Altiris Knowledge Base article 50072, available to customers at
For Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution, Altiris Knowledge Base article
49568, available to customers at
Symantec Security Response has already released IPS signatures,
23486 - HTTP Altiris Console Utilities AX BO
50239 - MSIE Altiris Console Utilities AX BO
that detect and block attempts to exploit this control. Signatures are
available through normal update channels.
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
* 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 Sebastien Renaud of VUPEN Vulnerability
Research Team http://www.vupen.com, for reporting this issue and
coordinating with us while Symantec resolved it.
Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned Bugtraq ID (BID)
37092 to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability
This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
CVE-2009-3033 has been assigned to this issue.
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Symantec Vulnerability Response Policy Symantec Product Vulnerability
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Last modified on: November 24, 2009
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