2009-3033 | Symantec Altiris Notification Server ActiveX Control AeXNSConsoleUtilities.dll memory corruption (BID-37092 / XFDB-54415)

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A vulnerability was found in Symantec Altiris Notification Server 6.0. It has been declared as very critical. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown function in the library AeXNSConsoleUtilities.dll of the component ActiveX Control. The manipulation of the argument second with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Buffer overflow in the RunCmd method in the Altiris eXpress NS Console Utilities ActiveX control in AeXNSConsoleUtilities.dll in the web console in Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution 6.9.x, Altiris Notification Server 6.0.x, and Management Platform 7.0.x allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long string in the second argument.

The weakness was released 11/24/2009 by Basti with VUPEN (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at kb.altiris.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2009-3033 since 08/31/2009. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn’t need any form of authentication. Technical details and also a public exploit are known. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 08/28/2021).

A public exploit has been developed in Ruby. It is declared as highly functional. It is possible to download the exploit at securityfocus.com. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 42977 (Altiris ConsoleUtilities ActiveX RunCmd Method Overflow), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows.

A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (54415), Vulnerability Center (SBV-24270) and Tenable (42977).



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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 42977
Nessus Name: Altiris ConsoleUtilities ActiveX RunCmd Method Overflow
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Saint ID: exploit_info/symantec_aexnsconsoleutilities_runcmd
Saint Name: Symantec AeXNSConsoleUtilities RunCmd buffer overflow

MetaSploit ID: symantec_altirisdeployment_runcmd.rb
MetaSploit Name: Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution ActiveX Control Buffer Overflow
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08/28/2021 +2355 days 🔍Vendor: https://www.symantec.com/

Advisory: kb.altiris.com
Researcher: Basti
Organization: VUPEN
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2009-3033 (🔍)
X-Force: 54415
Vulnerability Center: 24270 – Multiple Symantec Altiris Products RunCmd Method Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 37092 – Multiple Symantec Altiris Products ‘RunCmd()’ ActiveX Control Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
OSVDB: 60496 – Symantec Altiris ConsoleUtilities ActiveX (AeXNSConsoleUtilities.dll) RunCmd Method Overflow

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013

Created: 03/18/2015 15:15
Updated: 08/28/2021 05:36
Changes: (3) source_cve_assigned advisory_confirm_url vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_basescore
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