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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
SYM13-006: Symantec Security Information Manager Console Security Issues
5 July 2013
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Security Information Manager
Operating System: Windows
VMware ESX Server
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
Cross-site Scripting -- Remote with User Interaction
Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2013-1615 CVE-2013-1614 CVE-2013-1613
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Security
Information Manager Console Security Issues
July 1, 2013
CVSS2 Impact Exploitability CVSS2 Vector
Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM) Java Console XSS - Medium
6.8 6.4 8.6 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM) SQL Injection - Medium
4.7 6.4 4.1 AV:A/AC:L/Au:M/C:P/I:P/A:P
Symantec Security Information Manager (SSIM) Information Disclosure - Low
2.9 2.9 5.5 AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Symantec's Security Information Manager (SSIM) management console is
susceptible to multiple security issues. Successful exploitation could result
in potential cookie stealing, session hijacking, unauthorized disclosure of
sensitive application information and potential for unauthorized database
Product Version Build Solution
Appliance 4.7.x all Update to SSIM 4.8.1
Appliance 4.8.0 all Update to SSIM 4.8.1
Symantec was notified of multiple security issues impacting the SSIM
management console. Cross-site scripting, both reflected and stored are
present in some SSIM console interface pages. These result from insufficient
validation/sanitation of client input and application output. Successfully
targeting of these XSS instances would require malicious script be hosted on a
network client system to attempt to target the SSIM console during a manual or
scheduled network scan. This could be accomplished by a malicious authorized
network user placing arbitrary script on a network client. Or, by enticing an
authorized client user to follow a link or visit a web page hosting malicious
script that could be downloaded to the client system. Successful exploitation
could possibly result in stealing user cookies or potentially leveraged to
hijack an authorized user session.
The SSIM console does not properly restrict queries to web-GUI APIs which
could be manipulated to potentially disclose sensitive information to
unauthorized network users. This information could possibly be leveraged in
any follow-on attempts to further compromise the application or network.
The SSIM console does not sufficiently sanitize authorized client queries made
against the database. A malicious user who has or can gain authorized access
to a valid account could potentially inject arbitrary SQL database queries in
attempts to further compromise the database.
Symantec engineers verified these submitted issues as being identified during
recent internal review. They have been addressed in Symantec Security
Information Manager 4.8.1.
Symantec knows of no exploitation of or adverse customer impact from these
Symantec Security Information Manager 4.8.1 is currently available through
normal update channels.
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 credits Hacktive Security Research and Development team for reporting
these issues to us and coordinating with us as we resolved them.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID
(BID) 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-2013-1613 BID 60796 SSIM Java Console SQL Injection
CVE-2013-1614 BID 60797 SSIM Java Console XSS
CVE-2013-1615 BID 60798 SSIM Java Console Information Disclosure
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