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McAfee Security Bulletin: VirusScan Enterprise update fixes protections bypass vulnerability (CVE-2016-4534)
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10158
Last Modified:  5/16/2017


First Published: 4/29/2016
 Impact of Vulnerability:  Application Protections Bypass (CWE-592)
 CVE Numbers:  CVE-2016-4534
 Severity Rating:  Low
 CVSS v3 Base / Temporal Scores:  2.9 / 2.8
 Recommendations:  Install all patches described in SB10151 first, then install the VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) hotfix.
 Security Bulletin Replacement:  Related to SB10151: same discoverer, similar patch sequence, different vulnerability.
 Affected Software:  VSE 8.8.0
 Location of Updated Software:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx

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This update addresses an issue with VSE where closing the registry handles for the VSE process mcconsole.exe using Process Explorer (or similar tools) could be exploited to unlock the password protected VirusScan Console window.
This trusted access bypass vulnerability allows access to resources normally protected by VSE.

The McAfee VirusScan Console (mcconsol.exe) in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8.0 before Hotfix 1123565 ( on Windows allows local administrators to bypass intended self-protection rules and unlock the console window by closing registry handles.
Application Protections Bypass


Go to the Product Downloads site and download the applicable product hotfix files:
IMPORTANT: Install all patches described in SB10151 first, then apply this VSE hotfix. This hotfix supports both VSE 8.8.0 Patch 6 and VSE 8.8.0 Patch 7.
Product Type Version Release Build File Name Release Date
VSE Hotfix 8.8.0 Patch 6/7 Hotfix 1123565 VSE880P7HF1123565.zip April 29, 2016

Recommended Installation Sequence
Install all patches described in SB10151 first, then apply the VSE hotfix. For example, first install: VSE, and then install: VSE 8.8.0 Patch 6/7 Hotfix 1123565 (above). 
Download and Installation Instructions
See KB56057 for instructions on how to download McAfee products, documentation, security updates, patches, and hotfixes. Review the Release Notes and the Installation Guide, which you can download from the Documentation tab, for instructions on how to install these updates.


None. Install the provided hotfix updates.


No vulnerability detection signatures are available.


McAfee credits Maurizio Agazzini (also known as inode) https://www.linkedin.com/in/maurizio-agazzini-b915243 from Mediaservice.net (http://techblog.mediaservice.net/author/inode/) for reporting this flaw in VSE.

He reported it as one of two examples of the same vulnerability; however, upon further investigation it was determined that two different vulnerabilities were actually reported. This hotfix fixes Example #1 described at https://packetstormsecurity.com/files/136089. SB10151 fixes Example #2 described at https://packetstormsecurity.com/files/136089.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know whether my McAfee product is vulnerable or not?

For Endpoint products:
Use the following instructions for endpoint or client based products:
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What is CVSS?
CVSS, or Common Vulnerability Scoring System, is the result of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s effort to standardize a system of assessing the criticality of a vulnerability. This system offers an unbiased criticality score between 0 and 10 that customers can use to judge how critical a vulnerability is and plan accordingly. For more information, please visit the CVSS website at: http://www.first.org/cvss/.

When calculating CVSS scores, McAfee has adopted a philosophy that fosters consistency and repeatability. Our guiding principle for CVSS scoring is to score the exploit under consideration by itself. We consider only the immediate and direct impact of the exploit under consideration. We do not factor into a score any potential follow-on exploits that might be made possible by successful exploitation of the issue being scored
What are the CVSS scoring metrics that have been used?
CVE-2016-4534: Unlocking the password protected VirusScan Console window by closing the registry handles for the VSE process "mcconsole.exe" 
CVSS v3.0 Scoring:
 Base Score 2.9
 Attack Vector (AV) Local (L)
 Attack Complexity (AC) High (H)
 Privileges Required (PR) High (H)
 User Interaction (UI) Required (R)
 Scope (S) Unchanged (U)
Confidentiality (C) None (N)
Integrity (I) Low (L)
Availability (A) Low (L)
 Temporal Score (Overall) 2.8
 Exploitability (E) Functional (F)
 Remediation Level (RL) Temporary Fix (T)
 Report Confidence (RC) Confirmed (C)

NOTE: The below CVSS version 3.0 vector was used to generate this score.

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