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Category:   Application (Security)  >   PGP Vendors:   PGP Corporation, Symantec
Symantec Encryption Desktop for OS X Installation File Permissions Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1030454
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1030454
CVE Reference:   CVE-2014-3431   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 20 2014
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, Modification of system information, Modification of user information, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): PGP 10.0.x, 10.1.x, 10.2.x; 10.3.0, 10.3.1, 10.3.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Symantec Encryption Desktop for OS X. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

The software creates some temporary files with world-writable permissions during product installation. A local user can conduct a symbolic link (symlink) attack to read, write, or create files with the privileges of the target user.

Aaron Sigel reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (10.3.2 Maintenance Pack 2).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/securityupdates/detail.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=&suid=20140620_00

Vendor URL:  www.symantec.com/security_response/securityupdates/detail.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=&suid=20140620_00 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X)

Message History:   None.


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