Vulnerabilities > CVE-2009-1432 - Improper Input Validation vulnerability in Symantec Antivirus, Client Security and Endpoint Protection

Attack vector
Attack complexity
Privileges required
Confidentiality impact
Integrity impact
Availability impact
low complexity


Symantec Reporting Server, as used in Symantec AntiVirus (SAV) Corporate Edition 10.1 before 10.1 MR8 and 10.2 before 10.2 MR2, Symantec Client Security (SCS) before 3.1 MR8, and the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) component in Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) before 11.0 MR2, allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary text into the login screen, and possibly conduct phishing attacks, via vectors involving a URL that is not properly handled.

Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE)

Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC)

  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Server Side Include (SSI) Injection
    An attacker can use Server Side Include (SSI) Injection to send code to a web application that then gets executed by the web server. Doing so enables the attacker to achieve similar results to Cross Site Scripting, viz., arbitrary code execution and information disclosure, albeit on a more limited scale, since the SSI directives are nowhere near as powerful as a full-fledged scripting language. Nonetheless, the attacker can conveniently gain access to sensitive files, such as password files, and execute shell commands.
  • Cross Zone Scripting
    An attacker is able to cause a victim to load content into their web-browser that bypasses security zone controls and gain access to increased privileges to execute scripting code or other web objects such as unsigned ActiveX controls or applets. This is a privilege elevation attack targeted at zone-based web-browser security. In a zone-based model, pages belong to one of a set of zones corresponding to the level of privilege assigned to that page. Pages in an untrusted zone would have a lesser level of access to the system and/or be restricted in the types of executable content it was allowed to invoke. In a cross-zone scripting attack, a page that should be assigned to a less privileged zone is granted the privileges of a more trusted zone. This can be accomplished by exploiting bugs in the browser, exploiting incorrect configuration in the zone controls, through a cross-site scripting attack that causes the attackers' content to be treated as coming from a more trusted page, or by leveraging some piece of system functionality that is accessible from both the trusted and less trusted zone. This attack differs from "Restful Privilege Escalation" in that the latter correlates to the inadequate securing of RESTful access methods (such as HTTP DELETE) on the server, while cross-zone scripting attacks the concept of security zones as implemented by a browser.
  • Cross Site Scripting through Log Files
    An attacker may leverage a system weakness where logs are susceptible to log injection to insert scripts into the system's logs. If these logs are later viewed by an administrator through a thin administrative interface and the log data is not properly HTML encoded before being written to the page, the attackers' scripts stored in the log will be executed in the administrative interface with potentially serious consequences. This attack pattern is really a combination of two other attack patterns: log injection and stored cross site scripting.
  • Command Line Execution through SQL Injection
    An attacker uses standard SQL injection methods to inject data into the command line for execution. This could be done directly through misuse of directives such as MSSQL_xp_cmdshell or indirectly through injection of data into the database that would be interpreted as shell commands. Sometime later, an unscrupulous backend application (or could be part of the functionality of the same application) fetches the injected data stored in the database and uses this data as command line arguments without performing proper validation. The malicious data escapes that data plane by spawning new commands to be executed on the host.


NASL familyCGI abuses
descriptionThe remote host is running Symantec Reporting Server, a component of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Client Security, and Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager that serves to create reports about the use of Symantec antivirus products in an enterprise environment. The installed version of Reporting Server includes user-supplied input to the
last seen2020-06-01
plugin id38653
reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2018 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
titleSymantec Reporting Server Improper URL Handling Exposure
# (C) Tenable Network Security, Inc.


if (description)
  script_cvs_date("Date: 2018/11/15 20:50:19");

  script_xref(name:"Secunia", value:"34935");
  script_xref(name:"IAVA", value:"2009-A-0037");

  script_name(english:"Symantec Reporting Server Improper URL Handling Exposure");
  script_summary(english:"Tries to exploit URL handling weakness");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"synopsis", value:
"The login page in the remote web server contains a URL handling
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"description", value:
"The remote host is running Symantec Reporting Server, a component of
Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Client Security, and
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager that serves to create reports about
the use of Symantec antivirus products in an enterprise environment. 

The installed version of Reporting Server includes user-supplied input
to the 'MSG' parameter of the 'Reporting/login/login.php' script on the
login page.  By tricking an authorized user into clicking on a specially
crafted link, an attacker can cause an arbitrary message to be
displayed, which in turn could facilitate phishing attacks against the
affected site.");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"see_also", value:"");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"see_also", value:"");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"solution", value:"Upgrade as described in the vendor advisory.");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploitability_ease", value:"No exploit is required");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploit_available", value:"false");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_publication_date", value:"2009/05/01");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"patch_publication_date", value:"2009/04/28");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_type", value:"remote");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploited_by_nessus", value:"true");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"stig_severity", value:"I");

  script_family(english:"CGI abuses");
  script_copyright(english:"This script is Copyright (C) 2009-2018 Tenable Network Security, Inc.");

  script_require_ports("Services/www", 80, 8014);



port = get_http_port(default:80, embedded: 0);

# Unless we're paranoid, make sure it's IIS (required for Symantec Reporting Server).
if (report_paranoia < 2)
  banner = get_http_banner(port:port);
  if(!banner || "Microsoft-IIS" >!< banner) exit(0);

magic = string(SCRIPT_NAME, "-", unixtime());
url = "/Reporting/Login/Login.php?MSG=" + magic;

res = http_send_recv3(method:"GET", item:url, port:port);
if (isnull(res)) exit(0);

if (
  magic >< res[2] &&
  "<title>Reporting - Log" >< res[2] &&
  '<input type="hidden" name="destination"' >< res[2]
  if (report_verbosity > 0 )
    report = string(
      "Nessus was able to verify the issue with the following URL :\n",
      "  ", build_url(port:port, qs:url), "\n"
   security_warning(port:port, extra:report);
  else security_warning(port);


descriptionBUGTRAQ ID: 34668 CVE(CAN) ID: CVE-2009-1432 Symantec AntiVirus是非常流行的杀毒解决方案。 Reporting Server是Symantec杀毒软件产品中所使用的用于创建有关企业网络中Symantec杀毒产品报表的可选组件。Reporting Server组件的登录屏幕存在URL处理错误,如果用户受骗跟随了恶意链接就会导致在登录屏幕上显示误导性消息,这有助于攻击者执行网络钓鱼类的欺骗攻击。 Symantec Client Security 3.1 Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.2 Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.1 Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 Symantec -------- 目前厂商已经发布了升级补丁以修复这个安全问题,请到厂商的主页下载: <a href= target=_blank rel=external nofollow></a> <a href= target=_blank rel=external nofollow></a>
last seen2017-11-19
titleSymantec杀毒软件Reporting Server组件URL处理漏洞