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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Symantec Management Agent (Altiris) Vendors:   Altiris, Symantec
Symantec Management Agent (Altiris) Directory Permissions Error in Inventory Plugin Lets Local Users Obtain System Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1041654
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2018-5240   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 14 2018
Impact:   Modification of system information, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Symantec Management Agent (Altiris). A local user can gain system privileges on the target system.

The software applies 'Everyone' group permissions with 'Full Control' to the following directories:

C:\Program Files\Altiris\Inventory\Outbox
C:\Program Files\Altiris\Inventory\NSI

A local user can modify files to gain system level privileges on the target system.

The vendor was notified on May 31, 2018.

The original advisory is available at:

Ben Turner on behalf of Nettitude reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain system privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (7.6 POST HF7, 8.0 POST HF6, 8.1 RU7) [in July 2018].

The vendor advisory is available at:

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

Message History:   None.

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