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Category:   Application (Security)  >   McAfee VirusScan Vendors:   McAfee
McAfee VirusScan System Tray Applet Lets Local Users Execute Commands With SYSTEM Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1011272
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0831   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 15 2004
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.5.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in McAfee VirusScan. A local user can gain SYSTEM level privileges.

iDEFENSE reported that a local user can exploit a flaw in McAfee VirusScan by accessing the System Scan properties from the system tray applet. Under the 'Report' tab, a local user can select 'Browse' and then open 'cmd.exe' in the Windows system directory to obtain a command shell with SYSTEM privileges.

The vendor was notified on August 12, 2004 and September 2, 2004, without response.

Ian Vitek is credited with discovering this flaw.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A local user can execute arbitrary operating system commands with SYSTEM level privileges.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

The report indicates that in more recent versions of the product, the user interface has changed and no longer allows this exploit method.

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

Message History:   None.

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