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Category:   Application (Security)  >   McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Vendors:   McAfee
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator File Handling Flaw Lets Remote Users Create Arbitrary Files
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010110
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0038   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 10 2004
Impact:   Modification of system information, Modification of user information, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.5.0, 2.5.1 prior to Patch 14, 3.0 prior to Patch 4 for 3.0 SP2A
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO). A remote user can gain Administrator access on the target system.

Internet Security Systems reported that a remote user can send a specially crafted HTTP POST request to the 'spipe/file handler' to create arbitrary files with arbitrary content on the target server. These files can then be executed with Administrator privileges on the target ePO server.

In addition, the report indicates that a remote user can create a malicious installation package that will be installed on ePO agent systems and potentially executed on the ePO agent systems.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can create and execute arbitrary files on the target system to gain Administrator privileges on the ePO server.

A remote user that has compromised an ePO server may be able to push malicious code out to all connected ePO agents.

Solution:   The vendor has released the following patches:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (NT), Windows (2000), Windows (2003)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  ISS Security Brief: McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Remote Compromise


Internet Security Systems Security Brief
May 10, 2004

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Remote Compromise Vulnerability


ISS X-Force has discovered a vulnerability in the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 
software. ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) enables the enterprise management of 
all manner of security software, from virus and vulnerability scanners to 
personal firewalls. The affected versions of ePO server contain a flaw that 
can lead to arbitrary code execution on vulnerable systems.


Attackers may remotely exploit this vulnerability to gain Administrator 
access to any vulnerable ePO server. In addition to the server, this 
vulnerability can be used to gain access to ePO agent systems. The ePO 
server is commonly used to distribute enterprise-wide updates for security 
software, and as such this vulnerability opens up the potential for 
enterprise-wide exploitation in certain configurations.

For the complete X-Force Advisory, please visit:


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