Symantec Antivirus Scan Engine race condition

symantec-scanengine-race-condition (15215) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Symantec Antivirus Scan Engine for Red Hat Linux is vulnerable to a race condition. When Symantec LiveUpdate, which is a component that retrieves product and virus definition updates directly from Symantec's LiveUpdate server, is run, a temporary log file is created in the /tmp directory with an easily predictable file name. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by launching a symlink attack and possibly gain elevated privileges on the system.


Gain Privileges


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Mon Feb 16 2004 - 09:49:53 CST: Possible race condition in Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine for Red Hat Linux during LiveUpdate.
  • BID-9662: Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine For Red Hat Linux Insecure Temporary File Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2004-0217: The LiveUpdate capability ( in Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine 4.0 and 4.3 for Red Hat Linux allows local users to create or append to arbitrary files via a symlink attack on /tmp/LiveUpdate.log.
  • OSVDB ID: 3977: Symantec Norton Anti-Virus /tmp/LiveUpdate.log Symlink

Platforms Affected:

  • RedHat Linux
  • Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine 4.0
  • Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine 4.3


Feb 16, 2004

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