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TELUS Security Labs VR - Symantec Alert Management System HNDLRSVC Arbitrary Command Execution
Symantec Alert Management System HNDLRSVC Arbitrary Command Execution
TSL ID: FSC20100727-01
1. Affected Software
Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 10.1.8.8000 and possibly prior
Symantec System Center 10.1.8.8000 and possibly prior
2. Vulnerability Summary
An arbitrary program execution vulnerability exists in Symantec Alert Management System (AMS) service shipped with multiple Symantec products. The vulnerability could be exploited by remote unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.
3. Vulnerability Analysis
The Alert Management System (AMS) component of Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition installs an alert handler service, HNDLRSVC, that listens for commands from the AMS server. This service does not perform proper authentication checks before executing such commands. Remote unauthenticated attackers could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted packet via the MSGSYS.EXE service on port 38292/TCP. The Run Program command would allow executing arbitrary programs from a remote SMB share with SYSTEM privileges on the vulnerable system.
4. Vulnerability Detection
TELUS Security Labs has confirmed the vulnerability in:
Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 10.1.8.8000
Symantec System Center 10.1.8.8000
Disable the AMS service, or update to the non-vulnerable version of Symantec Antivirus 11.x series which does not include the vulnerable AMS component.
6. Vendor Response
Patches have been made available by the vendor to eliminate this vulnerability:
7. Disclosure Timeline
2009-07-31 Reported to the vendor
2009-08-03 Vendor response
2011-01-26 Coordinated public disclosure
Junaid Bohio of Vulnerability Research Team, TELUS Security Labs
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