Symantec Antivirus LiveUpdate Local Privilege Escalation

High Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 1137


The remote host is running an instance of Symantec Antivirus.


The remote host is running an instance of Symantec Antivirus. The host is also configured to automatically update virus signatures via LiveUpdate. Depending on the version, this may allow a local user to gain elevated privileges.


Larger companies will wish to distribute virus pattern files via a central, internal update site. For large companies, individual users accessing Internet updates will tend to decrease bandwidth and cause undue congestion on the network.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 1137

File Name: 1137.prm

Family: Generic

Published: 2004/08/20

Modified: 2017/04/04

Dependencies: 1735, 8314

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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


Base Score: 8.4

Temporal Score: 8


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:X/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:symantec:liveupdate

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0994

BID: 9401