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       Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec
              Enterprise Vault 
Local Elevation of Privilege
                               27 March 2013


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Symantec Enterprise Vault
Publisher:         Symantec
Operating System:  Windows Server 2003
                   Windows Server 2008
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2013-1609  

Original Bulletin: 

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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Enterprise Vault 
Local Elevation of Privilege


March 21, 2013




CVSS2		Impact	Exploitability	CVSS2 Vector
Base Score

EV 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 Enterprise Vault (EV) for File System Archiving has an unquoted 
search path in the File Collector and File PlaceHolder services.  This could 
provide a non-privileged local user the ability to successfully insert 
arbitrary code in the root path. 

Affected Products

Product							Version		Build	Solution(s)
Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving	10.0.0		All	Recommended that users upgrade to 10.0.1 or later

Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving	< 9.0.4		All	Recommended that users upgrade to 9.0.4 or 10.0.1 or later

Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving	8.x		All	Product is EOL/EOS. It is recommended that users upgrade to 9.0.4 or 10.0.1 or later

Products Not Affected

Product							Version

Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving	10.0.1 or later

Symantec Enterprise Vault for File System Archiving	9.0.4


Symantec was notified of an unquoted search path issue impacting the File 
Collector and File PlaceHolder services for Windows deployed as part of 
Symantec Enterprise Vault. This could potentially allow an authorized but 
non-privileged local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on 
the system.  A successful 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 Response

This issue was previously identified and fixed as part of Symantec internal
testing. The fix was incorporated into versions 10.0.1 and 9.0.4 of Symantec 
Enterprise Vault. Symantec recommends upgrading to the latest version of the 

Symantec is not aware of exploitation of or adverse customer impact from this 

Update Information

Update to latest version (9.0.4; 10.0.1 or later). See Tech Note: TECH54592 
for more information. 

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 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 
       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 credits Sean McCarthy (http://www.nccgroup.com/) for reporting this 
issue and working with us.


BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID 
(BIDs) to this issue for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability 

CVE: This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list 
(http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.

CVE		BID	Description

CVE-2013-1609	58617	Symantec Enterprise Vault unquoted search path

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