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June 13, 2006
Symantec Security Information Manager Authentication bypass

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Risk Impact

Authentication RequiredNo
Exploit publicly availableNo

A security vulnerability has been found in the current release of Symantec Security Information Manager. The Symantec Security Information Manager utilizes the M4 Macro Library to transform raw rule definitions into java code that can be executed by the rule-engine. By crafting a specially designed rule, a user could obtain shell execution under the sesuser account name during the M4 transformation.

Affected Enterprise Products
ProductVersionBuildUpdate To
Symantec Security Information Manager4.0.2All4.0.2.29 HOTFIX 1

Symantec Response
Symantec has created a fix to address this issue.

Symantec would like to thank Adam Baldwin for reporting this issue and for providing coordination while Symantec resolved it.

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Initial Post on: Tuesday, 13-Jun-06 16:30:00
Last modified on: Friday, 16-Jun-06 00:00:59