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Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:27:08 -0500
From: Technion <technion@...ware.net>
To: bugtraq@...urityfocus.com
Subject: McAfee Commandline Updater

Product Affected
Updater for McAfee Virusscan Command Line 6.0
This product is available attached to this document:
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB67513 
As far as can be determined, there has only ever been one version of this application.
 
Background
It is stated by McAfee:
NOTE: The attached script is only an example of how to automate the update process and is not officially supported by McAfee Technical Support.
 
How can McAfee actually expect you to operate a virus scanner without a regular update process? Either we accept the product as effectively useless, or we produce a better update process. I would contend this is a more serious issue than the one presented in this exploit.
 
Problem
 
The updater script stores downloaded data in a known location under /tmp, which is vulnerable to a symlink based exploit.
UVscan itself has been the subject of an identical symlink bug, for which McAfee released a security fix back in 2008.
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB51216
 
Full discussion and exploit has been documented here:
http://www.lolware.net/uvscan.html
 
Timeline
 
November 9, 2010: Issue found
circa November 17, 2010: Filled in McAfee's online support form. No reply.
December 10, 2010: Several painful hours on the phone to McAfee. Got nowhere.
January 7, 2010: Disclosure
 
Fix
A recommended replacement script is discussed at the above URL.

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