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SYM07-026
October 30, 2007
Altiris Deployment Solution Elevation of Privilege

Revision History
Updated download instructions

Risk Impact
Medium

Remote AccessNo
Local AccessYes
Authentication RequiredYes
Exploit availableNo

Overview
Symantecís Altiris Deployment Solution is vulnerable to an elevation of privilege attack.

Affected Products
ProductVersionBuildSolution
Altiris Deployment Solution6.XSP26.8.380.0


Details
The Aclient process runs with local System privileges. By using the browser option, it is possible to open or execute files on the system with System privileges.

Symantec Response
Symantec engineers have verified and removed this option. An update is now available for download.

Download and installation instructions:

  1. Go to http://kb.altiris.com
  2. Search for KB 38210.
  3. Select KB link and download file.
  4. After downloading the file, execute and follow the installer instructions to upgrade Deployment Solution.

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

  • Restrict access to administration or management systems to 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 exploit by threats.
  • Keep all operating systems and applications updated with the latest 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 vulnerabilities

References
SecurityFocus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned a Bugtraq ID(BID) to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability data base. The BID assigned is 26265 which can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/26265.


Credit
Symantec would like to thank Mazin Faour of Information Risk Management for reporting this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.


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Initial Post on: Wednesday, 30-Oct-07 23:15:00
Last modified on: Wednesday, 31-Oct-07 23:24:58