Initial Publication Date: Advisory Status: Advisory Severity: CVSS Base Score:Legacy ID
13 Feb 2013 Closed Medium 6.6 SYM13-001
Symantec's PGP Desktop and Encryption Desktop system kernel driver is susceptible to a local access integer overflow on all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The driver is also susceptible to a local buffer overflow only on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. If successfully targeted these local vulnerabilities could potentially allow arbitrary code to run with privileged access.
PGP Desktop pgpwded.sys driver local access integer overflow - Medium
PGP Desktop pgpwded.sys driver local access buffer overflow - Medium
PGP Desktop kernel driver integer overflow
PGP Desktop kernel driver buffer overflow
Symantec is aware of the public release of multiple vulnerabilities impacting Symantec PGP Desktop and Symantec Encryption Desktop. The encryption kernel driver, pgpwded.sys is susceptible to an integer overflow in the handling of specifically malformed input that affects all Microsoft Windows operating systems. Specifically on Windows XP and Windows Sever 2003, the kernel driver is also susceptible to an additional buffer overflow. Both issues require local access to a system for any attempts to target these issues. Successfully targeting these issues could potentially result in arbitrary code running with elevated privileges.
Symantec engineers have verified the issues and released an update addressing them. Symantec recommends customers update to Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.0 maintenance pack 1 or later.
The Pre-boot Authentication in PGP Desktop and Symantec Drive Encryption prevents the start-up level of access required for a successfully targeting of these issues. Customers running these encryption products should be utilizing the full protection provided by PGP Whole Disk Encryption or Symantec Drive Encryption.
Customers may obtain Symantec Desktop Encryption maintenance update through their normal Symantec support locations.
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:
Restrict access to administration or management systems to privileged users.
Disable remote access if not required or restrict it to trusted/authorized systems only.
Where possible, limit exposure of application and web interfaces to trusted/internal networks 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
BID:Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned Bugtraq ID (BID) to these issues for inclusion in the Security Focus vulnerability database.
CVE:These issues are candidates for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
2/18/2013 - Revised CVE ID for the PGP Desktop pgpwded.sys.driver local access buffer overflow from CVE-2012-4352 to CVE-2012-6533 due to duplicate assignment for CVE-2012-4352.
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