Initial Publication Date: Advisory Status: Advisory Severity: Legacy ID
20 Oct 2008 Closed Medium
An elevation of privilege issue via a privileged access password stored in memory has been identified and resolved in the Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution. Successful exploitation could potentially allow a non-privileged user with authorized access to the system hosting the Deployment Solution Server to gain unauthorized access and modify network client systems.
Remote Access (adjacent network)
Altiris Deployment Solution
Information Risk Management Plc reported that the Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution agent stores the Application Identity Account password, set during installation, in clear text in system memory. A non-privileged user with authorized access to the system hosting the Deployment Solution Server could potentially retrieve this password from system memory enabling the user to possibly make unauthorized modifications to client systems on the network, e.g., deploy unauthorized software.
The level of unauthorized access achieved is dependent on the user group the Application Identity Account was established under during initial installation. The impact of this threat is further reduced as it requires initial authorized system access in any attempt to compromise the targeted account. In a recommended installation, the Altiris Deployment Solution Server should be restricted to privileged-access, authorized users only and located in a restricted access environment.
A CVE Candidate name will be requested from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) initiative for this issue. This advisory will be revised accordingly upon receipt of the CVE Candidate name. This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems
Symantec engineers have verified and resolved these issues in Altiris Deployment Solution 6.9 SP1. Updates are available as follows:
Select either "Deployment Solution for Clients 6.9 SP1" or “Deployment Solution for Servers 6.9 SP1” from the drop-down box
Accept the "End User License Agreement"
Login to the download site
Click on "Download Now" for the appropriate product to download a zip file containing the Deployment Solution update.
Unzip the update package and double-click on the install file.
Follow the installation instructions Best Practices
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
Symantec would like to thank Mazin Faour, Information Risk Management Plc, for reporting this issue and providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.
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