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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Symantec Anti Virus Vendors:   Symantec
Symantec Anti Virus Engine Heap Overflow in Processing Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1035903
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1035903
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-2208   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 17 2016
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): AVE 20151.1.0.32 and prior
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Symantec Anti Virus Engine. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted file that, when processed by the target application, will trigger a heap overflow in the processing of PE headers and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with root privileges on Linux/UNIX/OS X based systems and kernel-level privileges on the target system.

Norton and Symantec Enterprise products that ship with the Anti Virus Engine (AVE) are affected.

[Editor's note: The vendor reports this as a denial-of-service vulnerability. However, the original research report indicates that arbitrary code execution is possible.]

The original advisory is available at:

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=820

Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when processed by the target application, will execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (AVE 20151.1.1.4).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

https://www.symantec.com/security_response/securityupdates/detail.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=&suid=20160516_00

Vendor URL:  www.symantec.com/security_response/securityupdates/detail.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=&suid=20160516_00 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

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