June 17, 2008
Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI Local Elevation of Privilege

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Remote AccessNo
Local AccessYes
Authentication RequiredYes
Exploit publicly availableNo

A non-privileged user can leverage the Symantec Altiris Notification Server Agent Graphical User Interface (GUI) to gain privileged access to the system.

Affected Products
Altiris Notification Server Agent6.XAll6.0 SP3 R8

Note: This issue impacts the client-side agent only and does require local authenticated access.

Insomnia Security notified Symantec that there was a local elevation of privilege vulnerability in the Altiris Notification Server Agent GUI. By successfully leveraging the issue, authorized but non-privileged users on a local system could potentially gain unauthorized, elevated access to that system.

Symantec Response
Symantec engineers have verified the vulnerability does exist in versions of the Altiris Notification Server Agent listed above and released an update to resolve this issue.
Symantec knows of no exploitation of or adverse customer impact from these issues.

The update to resolve this issue can be obtained as follows:

  1. Go to
  2. Search for KB 39159.
  3. Select KB link and follow the directions to download SP3 R8.
  4. After downloading the file, execute and follow the installer instructions to upgrade Notification Server.

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

Symantec would like to thank Brett Moore of Insomnia Security for reporting this issue and for providing full coordination while Symantec resolved it.

SecurityFocus,, has assigned a Bugtraq ID (BID), 29708 to this issue for inclusion in the SecurityFocus vulnerability data base. The BID can be found at

A CVE Candidate name will be requested from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) initiative for this issue. This advisory will be revised accordingly upon receipt of the CVE Candidate name. This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.

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