Symantec Mail Security for Exchange Live Update Priviledge Escalation Vulnerability (SYMSA1488)

high Nessus Plugin ID 133410


A security application installed on the remote host is affected by multiple denial of service vulnerabilities.


The version of Symantec Mail Security for Exchange (SMSMSE) installed on the remote Windows host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to compromise the Live Update software application and gain elevated access to resources that are normally protected from an application or user. (CVE-2019-12759)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Apply the appropriate hotfix per the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 133410

File Name: symantec_sms_symsa1488.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2/3/2020

Updated: 2/4/2020

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-12759


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:mail_security, cpe:/a:symantec:mail_security_for_microsoft_exchange

Required KB Items: Symantec_Mail_Security/Installed

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/14/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/14/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-12759

BID: 110788

IAVA: 2019-A-0431