Symantec Multiple Products VRTSweb.exe Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2009-12-14 / 2009-12-15
Credit: ZDI
Risk: High
Local: No
Remote: Yes
CWE: CWE-287

CVSS Base Score: 10/10
Impact Subscore: 10/10
Exploitability Subscore: 10/10
Exploit range: Remote
Attack complexity: Low
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Complete
Integrity impact: Complete
Availability impact: Complete

ZDI-09-098: Symantec Multiple Products VRTSweb.exe Remote Code Execution Vulnerability December 9, 2009 -- CVE ID: CVE-2009-3027 -- Affected Vendors: Symantec -- Affected Products: Symantec Symantec Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server Symantec Veritas CommandCentral Storage Symantec Veritas Cluster Server Symantec Veritas Traffic Director Symantec Veritas NetBackup Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation -- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 8265. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit: -- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of multiple Symantec products. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability. The specific flaw exists within the VRTSweb.exe Web Server component which listens by default on TCP ports 8181, 8443, and 14300. The process fails to properly validate an authentication request made to port 14300. By providing a specific request an attacker can bypass the authentication and instruct the process to unpack and execute data within an arbitrary WAR file. This can be leveraged to execute arbitrary code under the context of the SYSTEM user. -- Vendor Response: Symantec has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at: l.jsp?fid=security_advisory&pvid=security_advisory&year=2009& ;suid=20091209_00 -- Disclosure Timeline: 2009-03-26 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2009-12-09 - Coordinated public release of advisory -- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by: * Anonymous -- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI): Established by TippingPoint, The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities. Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at: The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used. TippingPoint does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, TippingPoint provides its customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, TippingPoint provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors) who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product. Our vulnerability disclosure policy is available online at:


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