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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

         Symantec Endpoint Protection Privilege Assumption, Policy
                   Bypass, Local Elevation of Privilege
                              13 January 2014


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Symantec Endpoint Protection
Publisher:         Symantec
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Administrator Compromise        -- Existing Account
                   Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
                   Access Confidential Data        -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2013-5011 CVE-2013-5010 CVE-2013-5009

Original Bulletin: 

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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Endpoint 
Protection Privilege Assumption, Policy Bypass, Local Elevation of Privilege


January 9, 2014




CVSS2		Impact		Exploitability	CVSS2 Vector
Base Score
SEPM Insufficient User Validation Privilege Assumption - Medium

6.3		10.0		2.0		AV:A/AC:H/AU:M/C:C/I:C/A:C

SEP Client ADC Security Policy Bypass Unauthorized File Access - Medium

4.1		6.4		2.7		AV:L/AC:M/AU:S/C:P/I:P/A:P

SEP Client Unquoted Search Path Local Elevation of Privilege - Medium

6.6		10.0		2.7		AV:L/AC:M/AU:S/C:C/I:C/A:C


The Management Console in Symantec Endpoint Protection does not properly 
validate user authentication, which could potentially allow a user to assume 
another users identity and privileges on the console.

Symantec Endpoint Protection clients do not sufficiently restrict custom 
policies, which could potentially lead to directory/file access by an 
unauthorized user.

Symantec Endpoint Protection clients have unquoted search paths, which could 
allow a non-privileged local user to potentially run arbitrary code.

Affected Products

Product				Version	Build		Solution(s)

Symantec Endpoint Protection	11.x	All		Upgrade to SEP or the latest release of SEP 12.1.x

Symantec Endpoint Protection
Small Business Edition		12.0	All		Upgrade to latest release of SEP 12.1.x

Symantec Endpoint Protection	12.1.x	All prior to 
					12.1.2 (RU2)	Upgrade to latest release of SEP 12.1.x


Symantecs Endpoint Protection Manager does not properly validate the 
authentication of authorized users. This could potentially permit an 
authorized but limited access administrator to leverage full admin privileged
access. Any authorized user who can access a limited admin account could 
potentially assume the identification and privileges of any other authorized 
console user to include full admin.

The Application/Device Control (ADC) in Symantec Endpoint Protection clients 
does not sufficiently enforce some custom polices. An authorized but 
non-privileged user could potentially bypass restrictions set up via ADC 
policies and access unauthorized directories/files on a system.

NOTE: This custom policy bypass does not permit a non-privileged user to 
bypass normal file system permissions (ACLs). A user bypassing custom policy 
restrictions in this manner will not be able to access files or directories in
violation of established ACLs.

Symantec Endpoint Protection clients are susceptible to an unquoted search 
path issue. This could potentially allow an authorized but non-privileged 
local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on the client 
system. Successful targeting 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, their code could potentially execute with client 
application privileges.

Symantec Response

Symantec product engineers verified these issues and resolved them in the 
Symantec Endpoint Protection releases identified above.

Update Information

Updates are available through customers normal support/download locations.

Best Practices As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends
the following:

Restrict access to administrative or management systems to authorized 
privileged users.

Restrict remote access, if required, to trusted/authorized systems only.

Run under the principle of least privilege where possible to limit the impact
of potential exploit

Keep all operating systems and applications current with 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 


Symantec thanks Matthew Hembree for the security policy bypass reported in 
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Application/Device Control and for 
working closely with us as we resolved it.

Symantec credits Jennia Hizver for reporting the user identity and privilege 
assumption in Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and for working closely 
with us as we resolved it.

Symantec credits Anand Bhat and Timothy McKenzie for identifying unquoted 
search paths in Symantec Endpoint Protection.


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-2013-5009	BID 64128	SEPM Insufficient User Validation Privilege Assumption

CVE-2013-5010	BID 64129	SEP Client ADC Security Policy Bypass Unauthorized File Access

CVE-2013-5011	BID 64130	SEP Client Unquoted Search Path Local Elevation of Privilege

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