TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution Domain Credential Disclosure Vulnerability

ZDI-08-025: May 15th, 2008


Affected Vendors

Affected Products

TippingPoint™ IPS Customer Protection

TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 5936. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows attackers to remotely obtain domain credentials on vulnerable installations of Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution. User interaction is not required to exploit this vulnerability. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the axengine.exe service listening by default on TCP port 402. The service allows a remote client to request encrypted domain credentials without authentication. The encryption lacks a salt allowing an attacker with a local installation of Altiris Deployment Solution to easily decrypt the credentials.

Vendor Response

Symantec has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2008-02-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2008-05-15 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Brett Moore of Insomnia Security www.insomniasec.com