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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Symantec Encryption Desktop for OS X World-Writable Files
Insecure File Handling
25 June 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Symantec Encryption Desktop
Operating System: OS X
Impact/Access: Modify Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2014-3431
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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Encryption
Desktop for OS X World-Writable Files Insecure File Handling
June 20, 2014
CVSS2 Base Score Impact Exploitability CVSS2 Vector
Symantec Encryption Desktop for OS X World-Writable Files Insecure File
4.25 6.4 3.1 AV:L/AC:L/AU:S/C:P/I:P/A:P
Symantecs Encryption Desktop for OS X installs some temporary files with
world-writable attributes during installation. In a multi-user environment, a
malicious user could manipulate these world-writable files to read and write
files or create files with another users permissions
Product Version Build Solution
Symantec PGP Desktop for OS X 10.0.x
10.2.x All Symantec Encryption
Maintenance Pack 2
Symantec Encryption Desktop
Professional for OS X 10.3.0
10.3.2 All Symantec Encryption
Maintenance Pack 2
Symantec was notified of Symantec Encryption Desktop for OS X installing
temporary files with world-writeable permissions. In a multi-user environment,
a malicious user could manipulate these weak file permissions to create new
files or change permissions on an existing file with another users permissions
whenever the targeted user accesses Symantec Encryption Desktop. This could
potentially allow an authorized but non-privileged user to gain unauthorized
access to or create arbitrary files with another system users potentially
Symantec engineers verified these finding and have released an update in
Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.2 maintenance pack 2 for OS X addressing the
Customers may obtain Symantec Desktop Encryption maintenance updates through
their normal Symantec support locations.
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:
Restrict access to administration or management systems to privileged
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 Aaron Sigel for reporting this and working with
Symantec as we addressed it.
BID: Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID
(BID) 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-2014-3431 BID 68077 Symantec Encryption Desktop for OS X
World-Writable Files Insecure File
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