February 7, 2008
Symantec Ghost Solution Suite: server authentication vulnerability

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Remote AccessYes
Local AccessNo
Authentication RequiredNo
Exploit publicly availableNo

Symantecís Ghost Solution Suite fails to verify authenticity during communications.

Affected Product(s)
Symantec Ghost Solution Suite1.11.1 patch 2
Symantec Ghost Solution Suite2.0.0,

Symantecís Ghost Solution Suiteís does not authenticate network connections between the Ghost console and the Ghost Management Agent. By using ARP Spoofing, an attacker could possibly impersonate the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite server and execute commands on the client with SYSTEM privileges. However in order to exploit this weakness, an attacker would have to have authorized access to the internal network and have a working knowledge of the Ghost client-server RPC. NOTE: customers who do not use the Ghost Console or the Ghost Management Agent are not vulnerable to this exploit.

Symantec Response
Symantec has released updates for all supported 2.0.0 versions of Symantec Ghost Solution Suite. These updates are available through LiveUpdate.

Symantec has released downloadable updates for all supported 1.1 version of Symantec Ghost Solution Suite at:

Symantec is not aware of any reported attempts to exploit this vulnerability

Best Practices
As part of normal best practices, Symantec strongly recommends:

SecurityFocus,, has assigned a Bugtraq ID(BID) to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability data base. The BID assigned is 27644which can be found at

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) initiative has assigned CVE Candidate numbers to this issue.

CVE Candidate CVE-2008-0640

This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.

Symantec would like to thank Nicolas Pouvesle with the Tenable Security for reporting this issue.

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