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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Enterprise Vault Updates Oracle Outside In Module for Multiple Issues

SYM12-004

March 5, 2012

Revision History

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Severity

Medium

CVSS2 Base Score: 4.05

Impact 6.44, Exploitability 2.69

CVSS2 Vector:  AV:L/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P

Exploit Publicly Available:  No

Overview

Symantec is updating the Oracle Outside In Technology shipped in supported versions of the Symantec Enterprise Vault product suite.  These Oracle Outside In Technology updates address potential denial of service or code execution susceptibilities.

 

Product(s) Affected

Product

Version

Solution

Symantec Enterprise Vault product suite

 

10.0.x

Apply available hot fix TECH182366 

9.0.x

 

Details

Symantec is aware of vulnerabilities identified in the Oracle Outside In Technology libraries, used by Symantec Enterprise Vault product suite to convert various types of data for archiving purposes. The issues identified include two issues with parsing of JPEG image files and one with parsing of Lotus 123 v4 files.  These issues could potentially result in a denial of service in the application or the possibility of arbitrary code running in the context of the affected application. 

 

Symantec Response

In the Symantec Enterprise Vault product suite, attempted exploitation of these issues would require an email with a malicious attachment to be processed locally for archiving to trigger any type of potential exploit attempt. 

Symantec Enterprise Vault use of the Oracle Outside In technology does not include the conversion of graphics files, which mitigates attack vectors involving graphic file parsing issues. All versions of Symantec Enterprise Vault from versions 9.0.3, 10.0 and follow-on releases enable Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) on supporting versions of windows OS. Utilizing DEP and ASLR where supported can aid in mitigation of malicious code in some instances.

 

In light of the issues reported and updated by Oracle, Symantec has released updates to Symantec’s Enterprise Vault product suite. Symantec recommends all Enterprise Vault product suite customers download and apply the hot fixes identified to prevent threats of this nature.  Hot fix information is available from TECH182366  http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH182366

 

Symantec is not aware of any exploitation of, or adverse customer impact from this issue.

Best Practices

 

As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:

  • Restrict access to administration or management systems to privileged users.
  • Disable remote access or restrict it to trusted/authorized systems only.
  • 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

Will Dormann with CERT/CC, and an anonymous finder working through TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative identified these issues to Oracle.

 

http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/738961

 

http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-12-017/

 

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2012-366304.html

 

 

 

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