Secure Network Operations has reported a vulnerability in Symantec Windows LiveUpdate, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.
The vulnerability is caused due to Symantec Automatic LiveUpdate allowing manipulation of certain Internet options with SYSTEM privileges. This can be exploited via the LiveUpdate GUI during an interactive LiveUpdate session when running the scheduled "NetDetect" task.
Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary commands with escalated privileges.
The vulnerability has been reported in LiveUpdate prior to version 2.5.
The following products include LiveUpdate and are affected:
Symantec Norton SystemWorks 2001-2004
Symantec Norton AntiVirus and Pro 2001-2004
Symantec Norton Internet Security and Pro 2001-2004
Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Retail and Corporate Edition v3.0
Solution: Update to Symantec Windows LiveUpdate version 2.5.
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Subject: Symantec Windows LiveUpdate NetDetect Privilege Escalation
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