Rapid7, LLC Security Advisory
Rapid7 Advisory R7-0023
Symantec Scan Engine File Disclosure Vulnerability
Published: April 21, 2006
1. Affected system(s):
o Symantec Scan Engine v18.104.22.168
o Symantec Scan Engine v22.214.171.124
UNKNOWN (PROBABLY VULNERABLE):
o All v5.0.x.x
o Earlier versions
There is a vulnerability in Symantec Scan Engine which allows
unauthenticated remote users to download any file located under the
Symantec Scan Engine installation directory. For instance the
configuration file, the scanning logs, as well as the current virus
definitions can all be accessed by any remote user using regular or
specially crafted HTTP requests.
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3. Vendor status and information
Symantec was notified of this vulnerability on January 17, 2006.
They acknowledged the vulnerability, then provided us with a
fixed version. Rapid7's advisory was publicly released on April 21,
Upgrade to Symantec Scan Engine v126.96.36.199 or later. Another option is
to disable the web interface of the scan engine by logging in,
setting the TCP port from 8004 to 0, and then restarting the Scan
5. Detailed analysis
Symantec Scan Engine stores multiple files inside its web root (the
default directory is "C:Program FilesSymantecScan Engine"). Most
of the files are accessible by any unauthenticated user via regular
URLs. For example the following URLs will download the log and
corresponding data file for October 17th, 2005:
In the same way, virus definitions can be accessed from:
Such sensitive knowledge of installed virus definitions will allow
an attacker to determine what viruses can be used to infect the
network without detection.
Files ending with the '.xml' extension are protected by the HTTP
daemon. However, the protection can be easily defeated by appending
a trailing backslash to the filename. For example the configuration
file configuration.xml, which contains the administrator's password
hash, can be accessed by the following HTTP request:
GET /configuration.xml HTTP/1.0
The above request will yield the following configuration snippet:
<TempDir value="C:Program FilesSymantecScan Enginetemp"/>
<InstallDir value="C:Program FilesSymantecScan Engine"/>
This vulnerability was discovered by Joe Testa of Rapid7.
7. Contact Information
Email: advisory (at) rapid7 (dot) com [email concealed]
Phone: +1 (617) 247-1717
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