EMC Retrospect File>Open dialog box privilege escalation

retrospect-fileopen-privilege-escalation (26226) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


EMC Retrospect could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system. Retrospect fails to drop privileges prior to opening files, which could allow an attacker to open arbitrary files with administrative privileges using the File>Open dialog box.


Gain Privileges


Refer to EMC Retrospect Knowledge Base Article 9507 for upgrade information. See References.


  • EMC Restrospect Knowledgebase Article # 9507: Retrospect Application Security Update April 2006.
  • BID-17798: EMC Dantz Retrospect Backup Server Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
  • CVE-2006-2154: EMC Retrospect for Windows 6.5 before 6.5.382, 7.0 before 7.0.344, and 7.5 before does not drop privileges before opening files, which allows local users to execute arbitrary code via the File>Open dialog.
  • OSVDB ID: 25160: EMC Retrospect Backup Server Local Privilege Escalation
  • SA19850: EMC Retrospect Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Platforms Affected:

  • EMC Retrospect 6.5
  • EMC Retrospect 7.0
  • EMC Retrospect 7.5


Apr 17, 2006

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