Symantec pcAnywhere Launch with Windows Caller Properties Local Privilege Escalation

High Nessus Plugin ID 20743


The remote control software on the remote host is affected by a local privilege escalation flaw.


The remote host is running pcAnywhere, a remote control software program for Windows.

According to the Windows registry, the installed version of pcAnywhere allows a local user to gain SYSTEM privileges by manipulating the 'Caller Properties' feature to run arbitrary commands when pcAnywhere is configured to run as a service.


Upgrade to pcAnywhere version 11.5 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20743

File Name: pcanywhere_launch_with_windows_priv_escalation.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2006/01/18

Modified: 2012/07/30

Dependencies: 10456, 13855

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 7.2

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:H/RL:U/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:pcanywhere

Required KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/06/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1970

BID: 13933

OSVDB: 17280