Symantec LiveUpdate Administrator < 2.3.2 Privilege Escalation (SYM12-009)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 59757


A web application on the remote host has a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of LiveUpdate Administrator running on the remote host is earlier than 2.3.2. Such versions have a privilege escalation vulnerability due to insecure file permissions set by a default installation.

The webapps directory allows write access to the Everyone group.
A local, unprivileged attacker could exploit this by creating or modifying files that will be executed as SYSTEM, resulting in privilege escalation.


Upgrade to LiveUpdate Administrator 2.3.2 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59757

File Name: symantec_lua_2_3_1.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 6/28/2012

Updated: 1/19/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-0304

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:liveupdate_administrator

Required KB Items: www/symantec_lua

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 12/12/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/28/2012

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0304

BID: 53903