McAfee VirusScan Enterprise up to 8.x untrusted search path

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A vulnerability was found in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise up to 8.x (Anti-Malware Software) and classified as very critical. Affected by this issue is an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a remote code execution vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-426. The application searches for critical resources using an externally-supplied search path that can point to resources that are not under the application's direct control. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise before 8.7i allows local users to gain privileges via a Trojan horse DLL in an unspecified directory, as demonstrated by scanning a document located on a remote share.

The weakness was released 08/22/2012 by Parvez Anwar (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2009-5118. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 12/12/2021). The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1574.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 50986 (McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Path Subversion Arbitrary DLL Injection Code Execution), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows.

Upgrading to version 8.5i eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (50986). Entry connected to this vulnerability is available at 61737.






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.4

VulDB Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Temp Score: 9.4
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Class: Untrusted search path
CWE: CWE-426
ATT&CK: T1574

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 50986
Nessus Name: McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Path Subversion Arbitrary DLL Injection Code Execution
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OpenVAS ID: 803322
OpenVAS Name: McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Untrusted Search Path Vulnerability (Windows)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i


11/29/2010 🔍
11/29/2010 +0 days 🔍
12/06/2010 +7 days 🔍
12/12/2010 +6 days 🔍
08/22/2012 +618 days 🔍
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03/23/2015 +943 days 🔍
12/12/2021 +2456 days 🔍



Researcher: Parvez Anwar
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2009-5118 (🔍)
X-Force: 78448
Vulnerability Center: 28588 - McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability via a Crafted DLL File, Medium
SecurityFocus: 45080 - McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 'traceapp.dll' DLL Loading Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 41482

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Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 12/12/2021 09:21 AM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (53), 03/10/2017 10:40 AM (13), 12/12/2021 09:17 AM (5), 12/12/2021 09:18 AM (3), 12/12/2021 09:21 AM (2)
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