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April 26, 2007
Multiple Norton Ghost, Norton Save & Recovery, Symantec LiveState Recovery, and Symantec BackupExec System Recovery Vulnerabilities

Revision History
Added a note to specifically identify that Symantec BackupExec Data Backup and Recovery products are not affected by any of these issues.

Risk Impact

Local AccessYes
Authentication RequiredNo
Exploit publicly availableNo

Two vulnerabilities have been identified in Norton Ghost, Norton Save & Recovery, LiveState Recovery and BackupExec System Recovery.

Vulnerable Products



Norton Ghost



Norton Ghost for Norton System Works


Norton Ghost for Dell


Norton Save & Recovery




Norton Save & Recovery for Norton System Works 2007


Norton Save & Recovery Sony Euro


Symantec LiveState Recovery




Symantec BackupExec System Recovery





Note: Symantec BackupExec. Versions 10x and 11d, Symantec's Backup and Recovery product, is not affected by this vulnerability.

Scheduled backups of local disks saved to remote network shares saves login credentials, for the remote share, into the application directory with read access set for everyone.

A buffer overflow exists that can cause a denial of service or possibly allow local users to run code with System level privileges.

Symantec Response
Symantec has released updates for all affected product version currently supported by Symantec. These updates are available through LiveUpdate.

To date, Symantec is not aware of any reported attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

Symantec would like to thank Pravus for reporting this issue to iDefense Labs. Symantec would like to thank iDefense Labs for reporting these issues to Symantec, and working with us on the resolution.

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Initial Post on: Thursday, 26-Apr-07 15:25:00
Last modified on: Friday, 27-Apr-07 16:03:38