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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Symantec Ghost Solution Suite Memory Corruption
15 October 2012
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Ghost Solution Suite
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote with User Interaction
Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2012-0306
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Ghost Solution
Suite Memory Corruption
October 10, 2012
CVSS2 Impact Exploitability CVSS2 Vector
5.39 6.64 5.54 AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Symantecs Ghost Solution Suite is susceptible to memory corruption issues that
could result in an application denial of service or possibly arbitrary code
Product Version Solution
Symantec Ghost 2.x Upgrade to the latest Symantec Ghost Solution
Solution Suite 2.x Suite2.5.1 release and apply patch GSS25x_b2620
Symantec was notified of a memory corruption issue in Symantecs Ghost Solution
Suite caused when attempting to open a maliciously formatted backup file.
Successful exploitation could potentially result in execution of arbitrary code
outside of memory boundaries or cause unexpected performance issues. A failed
attempt may result in an application crash.
In a normal installation, the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite should only be
accessible within the networked environment. However, an authorized but
unprivileged malicious user could attempt to insert a maliciously formatted
backup file in the appropriate path on a targeted system that would result in
the application attempting to open and read the malicious file. An external
attacker able to successfully leverage network access or to entice an
authorized user to download a malicious backup file to their system could
attempt to exploit this vulnerability.
Symantec engineers verified the reported issue and have released an update
addressing it. Symantec engineers continue to review functionality to further
enhance the overall security of Symantec Ghost Solution Suite.
Symantec is not aware of exploitation of or adverse customer impact from this
Instructions to download Symantec Solution Suite patch GSS25x_b2620 are
available through normal support channels per KB197839,
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:
* Restrict access to administration or management systems to privileged users.
* Disable remote access if not required or restrict it to trusted/authorized
* Where possible, limit exposure of application and web interfaces to
trusted/internal networks only.
* Keep all operating systems and applications updated with the latest vendor
* 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
Symantec would like to thank Jeremy Brown at Microsoft working through the
Microsoft Vulnerability Research (MSVR) team for submitting this issue and
coordinating with us as we resolved it.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID
(BID) to this issue for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability database.
CVE: Thos issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
CVE BID Description
CVE-2012-0306 BID 55748 Symantec Ghost Solution Suite Memory Corruption
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Last modified on: October 10, 2012
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