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Symantec AV RAR library vulnerability

Published: 2005-12-21
Last Updated: 2005-12-21 20:19:58 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 2)
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Yesterday, Alex Wheeler released details of a vulnerability that appears to span many Symantec A/V products in the routines for decoded RAR compressed files.  Symantec is apparently working feverishly on a fix, but for the moment the recommendation is to disable scanning of these files (which I suppose is fine if we can convince the users not to open/uncompress them until Symantec has a fix or they can be scanned by some other A/V product) or block them completely at gateways/proxies.  We are not currently aware of exploits in the wild, but the concern is that this has occurred so close to the end-of-year holidays, even if a fix does come out in the next few days, will people be around to apply it.

For complete details see, the Bugtraq posting, the Secunia advisory, and what I believe is Alex's paper.

We'll bring you more info as it becomes available.

Update: Symantec is apparently distributing a new pattern/definition that may detect the malformed RAR files while they continue to work on fixing the underlying vulnerability.

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Jim Clausing, jclausing at isc.sans.org
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