Symantec LiveUpdate Administrator Insecure Permissions Local Privilege Escalation (credentialed check)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 59193


An update management application installed on the remote Windows host has a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of Symantec LiveUpdate Administrator (LUA) installed on the remote host has a privilege escalation vulnerability. The installation directory allows write access to the Everyone group. This directory contains batch files that are periodically executed as SYSTEM. A local, unprivileged attacker could exploit this by creating or modifying files that will be executed as SYSTEM, resulting in privilege escalation.

A partial fix for this issue was included in LUA 2.3.1, but it does not mitigate all possible attack vectors.


Upgrade to Symantec LiveUpdate Administrator 2.3.2 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59193

File Name: symantec_lua_privilege_escalation.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 5/18/2012

Updated: 12/4/2019

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-0304

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:liveupdate_administrator

Required KB Items: SMB/symantec_lua/path

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/10/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/18/2012

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0304

BID: 53903