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Trend Micro PC-cillin Unsafe File Permissions Let Local Users Obtain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015357
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-3360   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Dec 14 2005
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 2005 version 12.00 build 1244; other versions may be affected
Description:   iDEFENSE reported several vulnerabilities in PC-cillin. A local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges.

When the product is installed, the default Access Control List (ACL) settings allow any local user to modify the installed files. A local user can replace an executable file with arbitrary code. Then, when the application is started, the arbitrary code will be executed. Some of the applications run as services, so the arbitrary code may run with System privileges.

A local user can also exploit this to disable the protection mechanisms by removing the executable files.

Other Trend Micro products such as InterScan VirusWall, InterScan eManager and Office Scan may also be affected.

The vendor was notified on October 27, 2005.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A local user can obtain System level privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor plans to issue a fixed version (PC-cillin12.4) on December 14, 2005.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 12.14.05: Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet

Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet Security Insecure File Permission 

iDefense Security Advisory 12.14.05
December 14, 2005


Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet Security is antivirus protection software
for home and business use. It provides complete protection, detection
and elimination of thousands of computer viruses, worms, and Trojan
Horse programs.


Local exploitation of an insecure permission vulnerability in multiple
Trend Micro Inc. products allows attackers to escalate privileges or
disable protection.

The vulnerabilities specifically exist in the default Access Control
List (ACL) settings that are applied during installation. When an
administrator installs an affected Trend Micro product, the default ACL
allows any user to modify the installed files. Due to the fact that some
of the programs run as system services, a user could replace an
installed Trend Micro product file with their own malicious code, and
the code would be executed with system privileges.


Successful exploitation allows local attackers to escalate privileges to
the system level. It is also possible to use this vulnerability to
simply disable protection by moving all of the executable files so that
they cannot start upon a reboot. Once disabled, the products are no
longer able to provide threat mitigation, thus opening the machine up to


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Trend
Micro PC-Cillin Internet Security 2005 version 12.00 build 1244. It is
suspected that previous versions are also vulnerable. It has been
reported that InterScan VirusWall, InterScan eManager and Office Scan
are also vulnerable.


Apply proper Access Control List settings to the directory that the
affected Trend Micro product is installed in. The ACL rules be set so
that no regular users can modify files in the directory.


"Trend Micro has become aware of a vulnerability related to PC-CILLIN
12. PC-cillin12 does not work correctly when configuration file and the
registry are erased intentionally.

We will release PC-cillin12.4 in December 14, 2005 by AU server. This
release will be included short term solution of changing ACL to User
authority for configuration file and registry.


We will create a tool for changing ACL to User authority for
configuration file and registry.

This tool can be used for both PC-cillin12 and PC-cillin14 as a same


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2005-3360 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


10/27/2005 Initial vendor notification
10/27/2005 Initial vendor response
12/14/2005 Public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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