SMS May Allow Elevated Privileges

Reported February 23, 2000 by Microsoft
VERSIONS AFFECTED
Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0

DESCRIPTION

According to Microsoft"s report, "If the SMS 2.0 Remote Control feature has been installed and enabled on a machine, the folder in which the remote agent resides has its permissions set to Everyone Full Control by default. If a malicious user replaced the client code with code of his or her choosing, it would run automatically in a system context the next time he or she rebooted the machine and logged on. The vulnerability exists only if the Remote Control feature has been enabled - no other SMS features are affected by it."

VENDOR RESPONSE

Microsoft has issued a patch for Intel and Alpha, as well as a FAQ regarding this matter.

CREDITS
Discovered by Microsoft