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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Symantec BackupExec System Recovery Vendors:   Symantec
Symantec BackupExec System Recovery Discloses Passwords to Local Users and Lets Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017971
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-2359, CVE-2007-2360, CVE-2007-2361   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 12 2008
Original Entry Date:  Apr 26 2007
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.0, 10.01
Description:   Two vulnerabilities were reported in Symantec BackupExec System Recovery. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system. A local user can view passwords.

A local user can trigger a buffer overflow in the service manager function to execute arbitrary code on the target system with System level privileges.

When scheduled backups of local disks are saved to remote network shares, encrypted login credentials for the remote share are stored in the application directory with read access for the 'everyone' group. A local user can view the encrypted passwords. The key for the encrypted passwords is based on the plain text user name stored in the configuration file, allowing a local user to recover the key and access the decrypted passwords.

The Norton Ghost, Norton Save & Recovery, and LiveState Recovery products are also affected.

Symantec BackupExec is not affected.

The vendor was notified on January 2, 2007.

Symantec credits Pravus and iDefense Labs with reporting these vulnerabilities.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can view passwords.

Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available automatically via LiveUpdate.

The Symantec advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, Boundary error
Underlying OS:   Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Thu, 26 Apr 2007 19:07:36 -0400
Subject:  Multiple Norton Ghost, Norton Save & Recovery, LiveState Recovery, and BackupExec System Recover Vulnerabilities


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