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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Manager/Agent Local
Elevation of Privilege
20 December 2012
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Enterprise Security Manager
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Administrator Compromise -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2012-4350
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Enterprise
Security Manager Manager/Agent Local Elevation of Privilege
December 13, 2012
CVSS2 Impact Exploitability CVSS2 Vector
ESM Manager/Agent unquoted search path local elevation of privilege - Medium
6.8 10.0 3.1 AV:L/AC:L/AU:S/C:C/I:C/A:C
Symantec's Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) for Windows has an unquoted search
path in the Manager and Agent components. This could allow a non-privileged
local user, able to successfully insert arbitrary code in the root path, to
potentially execute their code with elevated privileges during system startup
Product Version Build Solution(s)
Symantec Enterprise 10.x and prior All Install or upgrade managers
Security Manager for to CCS 11.0 or later, or,
Windows apply Security Update SU44
for Windows ESM Manager and
Agent which has a check to fix
exiting pre-11 Windows
managers and agents.
Symantec Enterprise 10.x and prior All Install or upgrade managers to
Security Manager Agent CCS 11.0 or later, or, apply
for Windows Security Update SU44 for
Windows ESM Manager and Agent
which has a check to fix
exiting pre-11 Windows
managers and agents.
A patched MSI installer for the
10.0 agent is available for new
agent installations if upgrade
to 11.0 isnt possible at this
Products Not Affected
Symantec Control Compliance Suite for Windows 11.0
Symantec Control Compliance Suite and
Enterprise Security Manager for Linux and Unix All
Symantec was notified of an unquoted search path issue impacting the ESM
manager and agents for Windows deployed as part of Symantecs Enterprise
Security Manager. This could potentially allow an authorized but non-
privileged local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on the
system. A successful targeting attempt would require the local user to be able
to insert their code in the system root path undetected by the OS or other
security applications where it could potentially be executed during application
startup or reboot. If successful, the local users code would execute with the
elevated privileges of the application.
Symantec product engineers verified the reported issue and have released
Security Update SU44 to address this issue.
A patched MSI installer for 10.0 agents is also available for new agent
installations if upgrade to 11.0 isnt possible at this time. Go to
to download the updated installer
Symantec is not aware of exploitation of or adverse customer impact from this
Download SU44 via LiveUpdate or from the SU44 link provided
Once SU44 is applied,
Run the Check ESM Service ImagePath check
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 credits Gavin Jones with NCC Group Ltd for reporting this issue and
coordinating with us as we resolved it.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned Bugtraq IDs
(BIDs) to these issues for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability
CVE: These issues are candidates for inclusion in the CVE list
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
CVE BID Description
CVE-2012-4350 BID 56915 Symantec ESM Manager/Agent unquoted search
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Last modified on: December 13, 2012
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