TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Reporting Server fw_charts.php Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-291: December 15th, 2010


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Affected Products

TippingPoint™ IPS Customer Protection

TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 9691. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Symantec Endpoint Protection. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the portion of the server that generates reports. Due to the combination of insufficient checks being performed on the application and failure to authenticate a user for generating a chart, an attacker can overwrite arbitrary files on a server. Careful exploitation can lead to code execution under the context of the php interpreter.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-04-06 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-12-15 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod