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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
Publisher:         Symantec
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
                   Access Privileged Data          -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2009-3033  

Original Bulletin: 

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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantecs Altiris
Deployment and Notification Management Web Console RunCmd Vulnerability


November 24, 2009


Revision History


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
malicious code.

Affected Product(s)

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
vulnerable control.

Symantec Response
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.

Best Practices
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
    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 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.

Symantec takes the security and proper functionality of our products very
seriously. As founding members of the Organization for Internet Safety
(OISafety), Symantec supports and follows the OISafety responsible
disclosure guidelines. Symantec also subscribes to the vulnerability
disclosure guidelines outlined by the National Infrastructure Advisory
Council (NIAC).

Please contact secure@symantec.com if you feel you have discovered a
security issue in a Symantec product. A Symantec Product Security team
member will contact you regarding your submission. Symantec strongly
recommends using encrypted email for reporting vulnerability information
to secure@symantec.com. The Symantec Product Security PGP key can be found
at the end of this message.

Symantec has developed a Product Vulnerability Response document outlining
the process we follow in addressing suspected vulnerabilities in our
products. This document is available below.

Symantec Vulnerability Response Policy Symantec Product Vulnerability
Management PGP Key

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Last modified on: November 24, 2009

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