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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Symantec LiveState Vendors:   Symantec
Symantec LiveState Lets Local Users Gain System Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017332
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-6308   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 22 2008
Original Entry Date:  Dec 5 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.1 (Agent)
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Symantec LiveState. A local user can obtain system privileges on the target system.

A local user can stop the 'shstart.exe' process and run the "Web Self-Service" feature from the LiveState agent icon in the Windows system tray. The resulting browser window will be executed with System privileges.

marc & shb reported this vulnerability.

[Editor's note: Several users have noted that system or administrator privileges are required to stop the 'shstart.exe' process. In that case, the reported behavior does not allow a local user to obtain any greater privileges than they would already have.]

Impact:   A local user can obtain System 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)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Symantec LiveState Agent for Windows vulnerability - Local Privilege Escalation


we've found local privilege escalation in Symantec LiveState agent.


1. kill shstart.exe process
2. from symantec livestate agent icon in systray choose "Web Self-Service"
3. New browser window will open, it is running with SYSTEM privileges.

tested on fully patched Win XP SP2, Symantec LiveState agent 7.1

Credits: marc & shb



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