VDB-4917 · CVE-2012-1420 · OSVDB 80400

Norman Antivirus up to 5795 TAR File Parser access control

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Norman Antivirus up to 5795 (Anti-Malware Software). This affects an unknown part of the component TAR File Parser. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on integrity. The summary by CVE is:

The TAR file parser in Quick Heal (aka Cat QuickHeal) 11.00, Command Antivirus, F-Prot Antivirus, Fortinet Antivirus, K7 AntiVirus 9.77.3565, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Antimalware Engine 1.1.6402.0 in Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, NOD32 Antivirus 5795, Norman Antivirus 6.06.12, Panda Antivirus, and Rising Antivirus allows remote attackers to bypass malware detection via a POSIX TAR file with an initial \7fELF character sequence. NOTE: this may later be SPLIT into multiple CVEs if additional information is published showing that the error occurred independently in different TAR parser implementations.

The weakness was disclosed 03/19/2012 by Suman Jana and Vitaly Shmatikov as confirmed mailinglist post (Bugtraq). The advisory is shared at seclists.org. The public release happened without involvement of Norman. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2012-1420 since 02/29/2012. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1068 for this issue.

A public exploit has been developed by Suman Jana / Vitaly Shmatikov and been published immediately after the advisory. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The exploit is shared for download at seclists.org. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $25k-$100k.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at SecurityTracker (ID 1026840). The entries 4914, 4915, 4916 and 4918 are pretty similar.





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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Suman Jana / Vitaly Shmatikov
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Recommended: no mitigation known
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02/29/2012 🔍
03/19/2012 +19 days 🔍
03/19/2012 +0 days 🔍
03/21/2012 +2 days 🔍
03/23/2012 +2 days 🔍
03/25/2012 +2 days 🔍
04/02/2012 +8 days 🔍
04/26/2018 +2215 days 🔍


Advisory: seclists.org
Researcher: Suman Jana/Vitaly Shmatikov
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2012-1420 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1026840
OSVDB: 80400

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013
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Created: 04/02/2012 10:49 AM
Updated: 04/26/2018 10:47 AM
Changes: 04/02/2012 10:49 AM (62), 04/26/2018 10:47 AM (6)
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