ID CVE-2016-2203
Summary The management console on Symantec Messaging Gateway (SMG) Appliance devices before 10.6.1 allows local users to discover an encrypted AD password by leveraging certain read privileges.
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:7
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:6
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:5
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:4
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:3
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:2
  • cpe:2.3:a:symantec:messaging_gateway:10.6.0:1
Base: 2.1 (as of 28-04-2016 - 10:36)
  • Subverting Environment Variable Values
    The attacker directly or indirectly modifies environment variables used by or controlling the target software. The attacker's goal is to cause the target software to deviate from its expected operation in a manner that benefits the attacker.
  • Footprinting
    An attacker engages in probing and exploration activity to identify constituents and properties of the target. Footprinting is a general term to describe a variety of information gathering techniques, often used by attackers in preparation for some attack. It consists of using tools to learn as much as possible about the composition, configuration, and security mechanisms of the targeted application, system or network. Information that might be collected during a footprinting effort could include open ports, applications and their versions, network topology, and similar information. While footprinting is not intended to be damaging (although certain activities, such as network scans, can sometimes cause disruptions to vulnerable applications inadvertently) it may often pave the way for more damaging attacks.
  • Exploiting Trust in Client (aka Make the Client Invisible)
    An attack of this type exploits a programs' vulnerabilities in client/server communication channel authentication and data integrity. It leverages the implicit trust a server places in the client, or more importantly, that which the server believes is the client. An attacker executes this type of attack by placing themselves in the communication channel between client and server such that communication directly to the server is possible where the server believes it is communicating only with a valid client. There are numerous variations of this type of attack.
  • Browser Fingerprinting
    An attacker carefully crafts small snippets of Java Script to efficiently detect the type of browser the potential victim is using. Many web-based attacks need prior knowledge of the web browser including the version of browser to ensure successful exploitation of a vulnerability. Having this knowledge allows an attacker to target the victim with attacks that specifically exploit known or zero day weaknesses in the type and version of the browser used by the victim. Automating this process via Java Script as a part of the same delivery system used to exploit the browser is considered more efficient as the attacker can supply a browser fingerprinting method and integrate it with exploit code, all contained in Java Script and in response to the same web page request by the browser.
  • Session Credential Falsification through Prediction
    This attack targets predictable session ID in order to gain privileges. The attacker can predict the session ID used during a transaction to perform spoofing and session hijacking.
  • Reusing Session IDs (aka Session Replay)
    This attack targets the reuse of valid session ID to spoof the target system in order to gain privileges. The attacker tries to reuse a stolen session ID used previously during a transaction to perform spoofing and session hijacking. Another name for this type of attack is Session Replay.
  • Using Slashes in Alternate Encoding
    This attack targets the encoding of the Slash characters. An attacker would try to exploit common filtering problems related to the use of the slashes characters to gain access to resources on the target host. Directory-driven systems, such as file systems and databases, typically use the slash character to indicate traversal between directories or other container components. For murky historical reasons, PCs (and, as a result, Microsoft OSs) choose to use a backslash, whereas the UNIX world typically makes use of the forward slash. The schizophrenic result is that many MS-based systems are required to understand both forms of the slash. This gives the attacker many opportunities to discover and abuse a number of common filtering problems. The goal of this pattern is to discover server software that only applies filters to one version, but not the other.
exploit-db via4
description Symantec Brightmail 10.6.0-7- LDAP Credentials Disclosure. CVE-2016-2203. Webapps exploit for java platform
file exploits/java/webapps/39715.rb
id EDB-ID:39715
last seen 2016-04-21
modified 2016-04-21
platform java
port 443
published 2016-04-21
reporter Fakhir Karim Reda
title Symantec Brightmail 10.6.0-7- LDAP Credentials Disclosure
type webapps
metasploit via4
description This module will grab the AD account saved in Symantec Messaging Gateway and then decipher it using the disclosed Symantec PBE key. Note that authentication is required in order to successfully grab the LDAP credentials, and you need at least a read account. Version 10.6.0-7 and earlier are affected
last seen 2019-03-15
modified 2019-03-05
published 2016-04-20
reliability Normal
reporter Rapid7
title Symantec Messaging Gateway 10 Exposure of Stored AD Password Vulnerability
nessus via4
NASL family CGI abuses
description According to its self-reported version number, the Symantec Messaging Gateway (SMG) running on the remote host is 10.x prior to 10.6.1. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities : - A privilege escalation vulnerability exists in the SMG management console due to AD password information being insecurely stored and encrypted. A local attacker who has read-level access can exploit this, by reverse engineering the encrypted AD password, to gain unauthorized, elevated access to additional resources on the network. Note that recovery of this password would not provide any additional access to the SMG appliance itself. (CVE-2016-2203) - A privilege escalation vulnerability exists due to an unspecified flaw in the SMG management console. A local attacker can exploit this, by manipulating code input to the terminal window, to gain access to the privileged root shell of the console. (CVE-2016-2204) Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.
last seen 2019-02-21
modified 2018-11-15
plugin id 90919
published 2016-05-05
reporter Tenable
title Symantec Messaging Gateway 10.x < 10.6.1 Management Console Multiple Vulnerabilities (SYM16-005)
packetstorm via4
data source
last seen 2016-12-05
published 2016-04-21
reporter Fakhir Karim Reda
title Symantec Brightmail 10.6.0-7 LDAP Credential Grabber
refmap via4
bid 86137
exploit-db 39715
sectrack 1035609
Last major update 02-12-2016 - 22:24
Published 22-04-2016 - 14:59
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