McAfee Antivirus TAR / PDF Scan Evasion (SB10003)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 42290


An antivirus application installed on the remote host is affected by a scan evasion vulnerability.


The McAfee antivirus application installed on the remote host is affected by a scan evasion vulnerability due to the virus definitions being out of date. In this case, the DAT file version of the installed antivirus product is prior to 5693. An attacker can exploit this, by embedding malicious code in a specially crafted TAR or PDF file, to evade detection by the scanning engine.


Update the McAfee DAT file to version 5693 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 42290

File Name: mcafee_tar_pdf_file_scan_evasion.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2009/10/28

Modified: 2016/12/19

Dependencies: 12107

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mcafee:virusscan_plus, cpe:/a:mcafee:mcafee:total_protection, cpe:/a:mcafee:internet_security_suite, cpe:/a:mcafee:virusscan_usb, cpe:/a:mcafee:virusscan_enterprise, cpe:/a:mcafee:virusscan_commandline, cpe:/a:mcafee:securityshield_for_microsoft_isa_server, cpe:/a:mcafee:securityshield_for_microsoft_sharepoint, cpe:/a:mcafee:securityshield_for_email_servers, cpe:/a:mcafee:email_gateway, cpe:/a:mcafee:total_protection_for_endpoint, cpe:/a:mcafee:active_virus_defense, cpe:/a:mcafee:active_virusscan, cpe:/a:mcafee:linuxshield, cpe:/a:mcafee:groupshield, cpe:/a:mcafee:netshield, cpe:/a:mcafee:portalshield, cpe:/a:mcafee:virex

Required KB Items: Antivirus/McAfee/installed, Antivirus/McAfee/dat_version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/10/20

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2009/10/27

Reference Information

BID: 36848

OSVDB: 59356

Secunia: 37179