Novell ZENworks ESM Security Client STEngine Privilege Escalation

High Nessus Plugin ID 29896


The remote Windows host contains an application that is prone to a local privilege escalation vulnerability.


Novell ZENworks Endpoint Security Management (ESM) Security Client is installed on the remote host. It provides a centrally-managed, policy-based firewall for enterprise computers.

The version of this software on the remote host dynamically generates various scripts which are then executed by the application in a directory to which local users have write access and also will run them using the file 'cmd.exe' in that directory. A local user can reportedly leverage this issue to execute arbitrary code on the affected host with SYSTEM level privileges.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 29896

File Name: zesm_stengine_priv_escalation.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2008/01/09

Modified: 2016/11/01

Dependencies: 13855

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5665

BID: 27146

OSVDB: 39995

CWE: 264