May 28, 2008
Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Manager - Directory Traversal Vulnerability

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Remote AccessYes (authorized network access required)
Local AccessNo
Authentication RequiredNo
Exploit publicly availableNo

Symantecís Backup Exec System Recovery Manager is susceptible to a directory traversal vulnerability that could result in potential elevation of privilege.

Affected Products
Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Manager7.x7.0.4
8.x 8.0.2

Tenable Security reported a directory traversal vulnerability in Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery manager. Successfully exploitation could potentially allow an authorized network user to be able to read privileged system files and potentially gain unauthorized access on the targeted system.

Symantec Response
Symantec has verified this issue and has released an update for all affected versions of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Manager. The update can be downloaded from
The update should be installed over your current version of Backup Exec System Recovery Manager.
For additional information, see the tech note at: .

Symantec has released an IPS signature to detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability. The signature, HTTP Backup Exec Sys Recovery Dir Trav, is available in signatures dated 05/28/2008 and later.

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 database.The BIDs assigned is 29350 which can be found at

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

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