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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Norton System Works Vendors:   Symantec
Symantec Norton SystemWorks Hidden Directory Obscures Files from Anti-Virus Scanners
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015462
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1015462
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 10 2006
Impact:   Modification of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 2005, 2006
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Symantec's Norton SystemWorks. The software may obscure files from anti-virus scanners.

The software creates the Norton Protected Recycle Bin in the Microsoft Windows Recycler directory and hides the created directory from the Windows FindFirst/FindNext APIs. As a result, files in the directory may not be scanned by anti-virus scanning products.

Symantec credits Mark Russinovich of Sysinternals and the F-Secure Blacklight team with reporting this vulnerability.

Impact:   Files in the affected directory may be undetectable to anti-virus/security scanners. Malicious code can use the directory to hide malware.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available via LiveUpdate.

The fix and update instructions are available at:

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/sharedtech.nsf/docid/1998081213371213

A reboot is required.

Vendor URL:  securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2006.01.10.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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