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ZDI-08-003: Symantec Backup Exec Remote File Upload Vulnerability

ZDI-08-003: Symantec Backup Exec Remote File Upload Vulnerability
February  6, 2008

-- CVE ID:

-- Affected Vendor:

-- Affected Products:
Backup Exec System Recovery Manager 7.0
Backup Exec System Recovery Manager 7.0.1

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID . 
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-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery
Manager. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists in the FileUpload class running on the
Symantec LiveState Apache Tomcat server. The server is found on TCP
port 8080. A malicious HTTP POST request can upload a JSP script to the
publicly accessible web directories allowing for arbitrary code

-- Vendor Response:
Symantec has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:


-- Disclosure Timeline:
2007.12.11 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2008.02.06 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by Titon of BastardLabs.

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