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Multiple Symantec firewall products contain a buffer overflow in the processing of DNS resource records

Vulnerability Note VU#637318

Original Release Date: 2004-05-13 | Last Revised: 2004-05-13


There is a buffer overflow vulnerability in multiple Symantec firewall products in which attempts to process a specially crafted Domain Name Service (DNS) packet could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.


Symantec offers a suite of corporate and consumer security products including a firewall application. The firewall application includes a SYMDNS.SYS driver, which is responsible for validating DNS and NBNS requests and responses. There is a buffer overflow vulnerability in the routine responsible for processing incoming DNS packets. By supplying a specially crafted DNS resource record containing an overly long canonical name (CNAME) value, an attacker could cause a stack overflow allowing arbitrary code execution.

According to the Symantec Advisory, the following products are affected:

Symantec Norton Internet Security and Professional 2002, 2003, 2004
Symantec Norton Personal Firewall 2002, 2003, 2004
Symantec Norton AntiSpam 2004

Symantec Client Firewall 5.01, 5.1.1
Symantec Client Security 1.0, 1.1, 2.0(SCF 7.1)


An unauthenticated, remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges on a vulnerable system.


Apply Patch

Symantec recommends that clients running corporate versions of the affected products apply patches obtained through their appropriate support channels.

Use LiveUpdate
Symantec recommends that clients running consumer versions of the affected products use the LiveUpdate feature to ensure all updates are installed. According to Symantec, this can be done as follows:

    • Open any installed Symantec product
    • Click on LiveUpdate in the toolbar
    • Run LiveUpdate until Symantec LiveUpdate indicated that all installed Symantec products are up-to-date
    • Depending on the application, system may require a reboot to effectively update available fixes

Vendor Information


Symantec Corporation Affected

Updated:  May 13, 2004



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 refer to Symantec Security Advisory SYM04-008.

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This vulnerability was reported by eEye Digital Security.

This document was written by Damon Morda and based on information contained in the eEye Digital Security Advisory.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0444
Severity Metric: 23.91
Date Public: 2004-05-12
Date First Published: 2004-05-13
Date Last Updated: 2004-05-13 20:06 UTC
Document Revision: 11

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