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Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

SYM008-002

February 6, 2008

Revision History

None

Severity

Medium
Remote AccessNo
Local AccessYes
Authentication RequiredYes
Exploit publicly availableNo

Overview

A privilege escalation vulnerability in the Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent has been identified.

Affected Product(s)

ProductVersionBuildSolution(s)
Altiris Notification Server6.XAll6.0 SP3 R7

Details

The Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agents are vulnerable to a shatter attack that can lead to privilege escalation. This attack is limited to users with login access to systems running the Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent.

Symantec Response

Symantec engineers have verified and fixed this vulnerability. The following steps are required for remediation of this security issue:
Additional installation and configuration information can be found in KB Article 35803 at http://kb.altiris.com.

Best Practices

(this is for internal use only)
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 27645 which can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/27645

Credit

Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for reporting this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.
Symantec takes the security and proper functionality of our products very seriously. As founding members of the Organization for Internet Safety (OISafety), Symantec supports and follows responsible disclosure guidelines.
Please contact secure@symantec.com if you feel you have discovered a security issue in a Symantec product. A member of the Symantec Product Security team will contact you regarding your submission to coordinate any required response. Symantec strongly recommends using encrypted email for reporting vulnerability information to secure@symantec.com. The Symantec Product Security PGP key can be found at the location below.
Symantec has developed a Product Vulnerability Response document outlining the process we follow in addressing suspected vulnerabilities in our products. This document is available below.

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Last modified on: February 6, 2008
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