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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Vendors:   Symantec
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Unquoted Search Path Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1027874
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1027874
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-4350   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Dec 13 2012
Impact:   Root access via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 10.x and prior
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Symantec Enterprise Security Manager. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can exploit an unquoted search path in the Manager and Agent components to place arbitrary code in the root path and then have the code executed with elevated privileges when the system reboots or starts up.

Gavin Jones with NCC Group Ltd reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (Security Update SU44, or 11.0).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/securityupdates/detail.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=&suid=20121213_00

Vendor URL:  www.symantec.com/security_response/securityupdates/detail.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=&suid=20121213_00 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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