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Category:   Application (Security)  >   McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Vendors:   McAfee
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Format String Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code with System Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1006298
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2002-0690   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 17 2003
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.5.1
Description:   A format string vulnerability was reported in McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the server with System level privileges.

@stake reported that a remote user can send a specially crafted HTTP GET request containing format string characters to the server on TCP port 8081 to trigger the flaw. A remote user can crash the service or potentially execute arbitrary code.

By default, the ePolicy Orchestrator runs with SYSTEM privileges, according to the report. Any arbitrary code executed would therefore run with SYSTEM privileges, giving the remote user full control over the host.

[Editor's note: @stake does not permit us to include the text of their advisory. You can view their advisory at:]

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code with System privileges.
Solution:   The vendor has reportedly created a patch, which is available via e-mail only to customers with support contracts. For information on contacting the vendor to obtain the patch, see:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Windows (2000)

Message History:   None.

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