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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Symantec Ghost Vendors:   Symantec
Norton Ghost Bug in 'GEARAspiWDM.Sys' Driver Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020998
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-3636   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 8 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 14 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Norton Ghost. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can execute arbitrary code on the target system with System level privileges.

The vulnerability resides in a third party device driver ('GEARAspiWDM.Sys' from Gear Software) that is distributed with this product.

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, Norton Internet Security, and Norton AntiVirus are not affected.

Ruben Santamarta reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain System privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available at:

The vendor's advisory is available at:

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

Message History:   None.

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