Initial Publication Date: Advisory Status: Advisory Severity: Legacy ID
28 Jul 2003 Closed High
Symantec Central Quarantine Server (qserver.exe) consumes 100% of the CPU when a remote user connects to the user configurable TCP listener port and abnormally terminates the connection.
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A user with access to the internal corporate network can cause 100% CPU usage by the Symantec Central Quarantine Server. This occurs when a user connects to the Symantec Central Quarantine Server (qserver.exe) on the user configurable TCP listening port and abnormally terminated the connection prior to sending data. This can cause the Symantec Quarantine Server service to consume 100% CPU utilization on the affected server. To regain normal functionality, the Quarantine service must be restarted.
UPDATE - A second vulnerability has been discovered and fixed. The CPU usage of qserver.exe jumps to 100% when a user connects to the Symantec Central Quarantine Server port without sending any data. The CPU usage stays at this high level until the client terminates the connection.
Mitigating the risk - The risk from this vulnerability is greatly reduced if operating with a perimeter firewall that blocks telnet connections to the internal network as a part of normal security best practices. With this configuration, the vulnerable version of Symantec Central Quarantine Server is only accessible by an authorized user on the internal network and is not exploitable by outside sources.
Customers will need to download the appropriate version of Quarantine server and perform the following steps:
Uninstall the existing version of Quarantine Server. Quarantine Console is not affected -- it is not necessary to uninstall Quarantine Console.
Download and extract the appropriate version of Quarantine Server depending on your version of SAV:
Run QSERVER\setup.exe to install the new version of Quarantine Server
It will be necessary to re-configure Quarantine Server after reinstallation.
For reference, after installation the new file versions for qserver.exe will be:
For QServer 2.6 -> 22.214.171.124
For QServer 3.11 -> 126.96.36.199
For QServer 3.2 -> 188.8.131.52
Note: Customers using Quarantine server shipped prior to 2.6 (shipped with NAV 7.5x, for example) are urged to upgrade to one of these new builds to address the issue.
The discovery and documentation of this vulnerability was conducted by the Qualys Security Research Team. Symantec Corporation would like to thank Qualys Security Research Team for identifying and working with us to resolve this issue.
For more information about the Qualys Security Research Team, visit their website at http://www.qualys.com or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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