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Symantec Messaging Gateway Default SSH Password (CVE-2012-3579)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-657
Date Published:
Source: Symantec Advisory SYM12-013
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-3579
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R75
Who is Vulnerable?
Symantec Messaging Gateway 9.5.x
Vulnerability Description
A design weakness vulnerability has been reported in Symantec Messaging Gateway.
Vulnerability Details
The vulnerability is due to hardcoded default credentials usage. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by logging-in to the administration console, thus gaining partial access to the configuration of the affected system. Successful exploitation will result in privilege escalation.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your product to the latest update. For information on how to update , go to SBP-2006-05, Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

To configure the defense, select your product from the list below and follow the related protection steps.

Security Gateway R75 / R71 / R70

How Can I Protect My Network?

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Symantec Messaging Gateway Default SSH Password protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

How Do I Know if My Network is Under Attack?
SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:
Attack Name: SSH Protection Violation
Attack Information: Symantec Messaging Gateway Default SSH Password