ZDI-08-025: Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution Domain Credential Disclosure Vulnerability May 15 2008 08:25PM
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ZDI-08-025: Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution Domain Credential

Disclosure Vulnerability


May 15, 2008

-- Affected Vendors:


-- Affected Products:

Symantec Altiris Deployment Solution

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:

TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this

vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 5936.

For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit:


-- 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

-- Credit:

This vulnerability was discovered by:

* Brett Moore of Insomnia Security www.insomniasec.com

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