TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

PANDA Security Communications Agent Service Pagent.exe 'MESSAGE_FROM_REMOTE' Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-250: October 16th, 2013

CVSS Score

Affected Vendors

Affected Products

    Security for Business Communications

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of PANDA Security for Business Communications. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the 'Panda AdminSecure Communications Agent' (Pagent.exe) which listens on tcp port 19226. The service contains a directory traversal flaw which allows for the ability to create / overwrite / delete an arbitrary file. A remote attacker can abuse this to execute remote code under the context of the SYSTEM user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2013-07-05 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2013-10-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod