Symantec pcAnywhere Launch with Windows Caller Properties Local Privilege Escalation

high Nessus Plugin ID 20743
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VPR Score: 5.9


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: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 1/18/2006

Updated: 7/24/2018

Dependencies: smb_enum_services.nasl, smb_hotfixes.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:pcanywhere

Required KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/10/2005

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1970

BID: 13933