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McAfee Security Bulletin - ePolicy Orchestrator update fixes directory traversal vulnerability (CVE-2017-3980)
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10196
Last Modified:  5/18/2017


First Published: 5/18/2017
 Impact of Vulnerability:  Directory Traversal
 CVE Numbers:  CVE-2017-3980
 Severity Rating:  High
 Base / Overall CVSS v3 Scores:  7.6 / 7.2
 Recommendations:  Apply the standalone hotfix to mitigate this vulnerability
 Security Bulletin Replacement:  None
 Affected Software:  ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) 5.1.3 and earlier
 ePO 5.3.2 and earlier
 ePO 5.9.0 and earlier
 Location of Updated Software:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx

Article contents:


A directory traversal vulnerability in the ePO Extension in ePO 5.9.0, 5.3.2, and 5.1.3 (and earlier) allows remote authenticated users to execute a command of their choice via an authenticated ePO session.
Affected Component:
  • ePO Extension


To remediate this issue:
  • Users of ePO 5.1.3: Apply hotfix EPO513HF1193124.zip.
  • Users of ePO 5.3.2: Apply hotfix EPO532HF1193123.zip.
  • Users of ePO 5.3.1: Apply hotfix EPO531HF1194398.zip.
  • Users of ePO 5.9.0: Apply hotfix EPO590HF1193951.zip.
  • Users of ePO 5.1.0, 5.1.1, and 5.1.2 must upgrade to ePO 5.1.3, 5.3.2, or 5.3.1 and then apply the appropriate hotfix.
Go to the Product Downloads site and download the applicable product patch/hotfix files:
Product Type File Name Release Date
ePO 5.1.3 Hotfix EPO513HF1193124.zip May 18, 2017
ePO 5.3.1 Hotfix EPO531HF1194398.zip May 18, 2017
ePO 5.3.2 Hotfix EPO532HF1193123.zip May 18, 2017
ePO 5.9.0 Hotfix EPO590HF1193951.zip May 18, 2017

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. Installing the provided hotfix specified in the Remediation table is strongly encouraged.


McAfee credits Christoffer Wiman from basalt for reporting this flaw.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know whether my McAfee product is vulnerable or not?
For ePO:
Check the version and build of ePO that is installed. For information on how to check the version, see KB52634.

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-2017-3980: Directory traversal vulnerability
 Base Score 7.6
 Attack Vector (AV) Network (N)
 Attack Complexity (AC) High (H)
 Privileges Required (PR) High (H)
 User Interaction (UI) Required (R)
 Scope (S) Changed (C)
 Confidentiality (C) High (H)
 Integrity (I) High (H)
 Availability (A) High (H)
 Temporal Score (Overall) 7.2
 Exploitability (E) Proof-of-Concept (P)
 Remediation Level (RL) Official Fix (O)
 Report Confidence (RC) Confirmed (C)

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

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