Initial Publication Date: Advisory Status: Advisory Severity: CVSS Base Score:Legacy ID
2 Nov 2009 Closed High 9.3 SYM09-015
Symantec’s Altiris Deployment Solution and Notification Server web consoles install a vulnerable ActiveX control. Exploitation of this issue could possibly lead to unauthorized information disclosure, system information corruption or potentially allow arbitrary code execution in the context of the user’s browser. Successful exploitation requires user interaction.
Symantec is aware of a vulnerable ActiveX control, AeXNSConsoleUtilities.dll, being reported in Symantec’s Altiris Notification Server / Symantec Management Platform and with Symantec’s Altiris Deployment Solution 6.9. The vulnerable control is downloaded during the initial connection to the web console on the management server to enable authorized admin access to the management server. While the control is not intended to be called externally, it fails to properly validate/filter user input which could potentially allow unauthorized execution of arbitrary code on the targeted system in the context of the user’s browser.
The system the control resides on should not be accessible external to the network in a recommended installation. To attempt to exploit this issue, the system user would need to be enticed to download malicious content either through browsing to a malicious web site, internal or external to the network, or potentially through a malicious html email that could effectively call the vulnerable control.
Symantec engineers have verified this finding and released an update to resolve this issue. Symantec is not aware of any customer impact from this issue. Follow instructions and hotfix provided below:
Symantec Security Response has released IPS/IDS signatures,
23486 - HTTP Altiris Console Utilities AX BO
50239 - MSIE Altiris Console Utilities AX BO
to detect and block attempts to exploit this issue. Signatures will be available through normal update channels.
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 Nikolas Sotiriu, nikolas sotiriu - it services, for reporting this issue and coordinating with us while Symantec resolved it.
Security Focus, http://www.securityfocus.com, has assigned Bugtraq ID (BID) 36698 to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability database.
This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems. CVE-2009-3031 has been assigned to this issue.
11/3/2009 Added information about public proof of concept code availability
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