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VERITAS Storage Exec DCOM servers contain multiple buffer overflows

Vulnerability Note VU#620497

Original Release Date: 2005-09-22 | Last Revised: 2005-09-22


VERITAS Storage Exec contains several buffer overflows, which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


VERITAS Storage Exec is software package that performs storage management. Multiple DCOM server components provided by Storage Exec contain buffer overflow vulnerabilities. These DCOM server components are accessible by their associated ActiveX controls.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message), an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause Internet Explorer (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.


Apply a patch or upgrade

This issue is addressed by VERITAS Storage Exec 5.3 Hotfix 9.

Disable ActiveX

Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) will remove an attack vector for this vulnerability. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the Malicious Web Scripts FAQ.

Vendor Information


Symantec, Inc. Affected

Notified:  September 21, 2005 Updated: September 21, 2005



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Please see VERITAS support document 277566.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

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Thanks to Symantec for reporting this vulnerability, who in turn credit Mark Litchfield of NGSSoftware.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 14.34
Date Public: 2005-09-20
Date First Published: 2005-09-22
Date Last Updated: 2005-09-22 14:41 UTC
Document Revision: 10

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