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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   pcAnywhere Vendors:   Symantec
pcAnywhere '.cif' File Replacement Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016534
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-3786   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 14 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jul 19 2006
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Modification of system information, Root access via local system
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 12.5
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in pcAnywhere. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user (or remote authenticated user) can create a specially crafted '.cif' file that contains a 'superuser' flag and upload the file to '\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\pcAnywhere\Hosts'. Then, the user can login with administrative privileges.

A local user can also download the '.cif' file and use a password extraction tool to obtain the passwords contained in the file.

The original advisory is available at:

Zee reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)
Underlying OS Comments:  Tested on Windows XP SP2

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  PcAnywhere > 12 Local Privilege Escalation

PcAnywhere up to newer versions is vulnerable to a local privilege escalation that deals with erroneous Read/Write privileges in folders
 containing important .cif files credentials. There are also a couple of security concerns about CallerID handling.

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