Symantec Antivirus Engine 20151.1.0.32 Malformed PE Header Parser Memory Access Violation (SYM16-008)

High Nessus Plugin ID 91261


An antivirus application installed on the remote host is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The version of Symantec Antivirus Engine (AVE) installed on the remote host is 20151.1.0.32. It is, therefore, affected by a remote code execution vulnerability due to improper parsing of malformed portable-executable (PE) header files and executables packed with early versions of Aspack. A remote attacker can exploit this by convincing a user to download and scan a document or application containing specially crafted PE header files, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.


Upgrade to Symantec Antivirus Engine 20151.1.1.4 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 91261

File Name: symantec_sym_16_008.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2016/05/19

Modified: 2016/08/16

Dependencies: 21725

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:endpoint_protection

Required KB Items: Antivirus/SAVCE/AVE_version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/05/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/05/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-2208

BID: 90653

OSVDB: 138614

IAVA: 2016-A-0169