Macrovision InstallAnywhere Password and Serial Number Bypass

Credit: Brian Reilly
Risk: Low
Local: Yes
Remote: No
CWE: CWE-Other

CVSS Base Score: 4.6/10
Impact Subscore: 6.4/10
Exploitability Subscore: 3.9/10
Exploit range: Local
Attack complexity: Low
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Partial
Integrity impact: Partial
Availability impact: Partial

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Symantec Vulnerability Research Security Advisory Advisory ID: SYMSA-2007-003 Advisory Title: Macrovision InstallAnywhere Password and Serial Number Bypass Author: Brian Reilly / brian_reilly (at) symantec (dot) com [email concealed] Release Date: 28-02-2007 Application: Macrovision InstallAnywhere Enterprise (all versions) Platform: All Severity: Local Authorization Bypass Vendor status: Verified by vendor CVE Number: CVE-2007-1009 Reference: Overview: Macrovision?s InstallAnywhere (acquired from Zero G Software in June 2005) is a program to build multiplatform installers, and is frequently used to distribute web services and J2EE applications. InstallAnywhere Enterprise offers the ability to require a serial number and/or a password as a prerequisite to installing an application. However, it is possible to modify specific configuration files included in an InstallAnywhere package to circumvent these controls Details: InstallAnywhere packages include an XML project configuration file named InstallScript.iap_xml. This file controls the behavior of the installation process, including verification of a password and/or serial number (if applicable). Upon starting an installer, a directory is created in temporary disk space. This directory contains multiple files, including a ZIP archive that contains the XML project file. A LaunchAnywhere executable is also created during the installation process and is used to launch the actual Java application installer. It is possible to bypass serial number and password controls by creating a copy of this temporary directory, extracting a copy of the XML project file from the ZIP archive, deleting the relevant serial number or password verification sections from the XML project file, replacing the modifiedXML project file in the ZIP archive, and then manually starting the installation process via the included LaunchAnywhere executable. Vendor Response: Macrovision has confirmed the reports provided by Symantec and updated InstallAnywhere to resolve the issue. Current InstallAnywhere customers will be encouraged to install version 8.0.1 as soon as it becomes available (estimated mid April). More information regarding this version will be posted in the release notes. Macrovision will advise all users of InstallAnywhere to upgrade to 8.0.1 as soon as it becomes available. Registered users of the software will be electronically notified of the availability of the release and directed to the necessary files. Recommendation: Developers should securely implement their own application-level controls as needed, independent of the InstallAnywhere installer. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Information: The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the following names to these issues. These are candidates for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems. CVE-2007-1009 - - -------Symantec Vulnerability Research Advisory Information------- For questions about this advisory, or to report an error: research (at) symantec (dot) com [email concealed] For details on Symantec's Vulnerability Reporting Policy: Symantec Vulnerability Research Advisory Archive: Symantec Vulnerability Research Advisory PGP Key: - - -------------Symantec Product Advisory Information------------- To Report a Security Vulnerability in a Symantec Product: secure (at) symantec (dot) com [email concealed] For general information on Symantec's Product Vulnerability reporting and response: Symantec Product Advisory Archive: Symantec Product Advisory PGP Key: sc - - --------------------------------------------------------------- Copyright (c) 2006 by Symantec Corp. Permission to redistribute this alert electronically is granted as long as it is not edited in any way unless authorized by Symantec Consulting Services. Reprinting the whole or part of this alert in any medium other than electronically requires permission from cs_advisories (at) symantec (dot) com. [email concealed] Disclaimer The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on, this information. Symantec, Symantec products, and Symantec Consulting Services are registered trademarks of Symantec Corp. and/or affiliated companies in the United States and other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks represented in this document are the sole property of their respective companies/owners. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.7 (MingW32) iD8DBQFGCCTJuk7IIFI45IARAqPzAKDf743DiO/6InzB7f1d7J9mozHtKwCgrvEz 2ir0gFHieazF2iY3FTFDcaI= =+j93 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

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