McAfee VirusScan Enterprise < 8.8 Patch 7 Protected Resource Access Bypass (SB10151)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 89940


The antivirus application installed on the remote Windows host is affected by a security mechanism bypass vulnerability.


The version of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) installed on the remote Windows host is prior to 8.8 Patch 7. It is, therefore, affected by a flaw in its self-protection mechanism when applying rules to access settings, which are used to determine what applications and associated actions can be trusted. An attacker with Windows administrative privileges can exploit this flaw to control the trust settings and bypass access restrictions, allowing protected McAfee applications, including VSE, to be disabled or uninstalled.

Note that the attacker does not need to possess the management password to exploit this vulnerability.


Upgrade to McAfee VirusScan Enterprise version 8.8 Patch 7.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 89940

File Name: mcafee_vse_sb10151.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2016/03/15

Modified: 2016/12/19

Dependencies: 12107

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 3.6

Temporal Score: 2.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mcafee:virusscan_enterprise

Required KB Items: Antivirus/McAfee/installed

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/02/25

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/02/25

Reference Information

OSVDB: 135384


EDB-ID: 39531