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McAfee Security Bulletin - ePolicy Orchestrator update fixes Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2018-6659) and Directory Traversal (CVE-2018-6660) vulnerabilities
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10228
Last Modified:  4/3/2018


First Published: March 9, 2018
 Impact of Vulnerability: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) (CWE-79)
Directory Traversal (CWE-22)
 CVE ID: CVE-2018-6659
 Severity Rating: Low, Medium
 CVSS v3 Base/Temporal Scores: CVE-2018-6659: 3.7/3.4
CVE-2018-6660: 6.2/5.6
 Recommendations: Upgrade to the latest ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) patch
 Security Bulletin Replacement: None
 Affected Software:
  • ePO 5.3.2, 5.3.1, and 5.3.0
  • ePO 5.9.0
 Location of updated software: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx
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Article contents: Vulnerability Description
  1. CVE-2018-6659
    Reflected Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) 5.3.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.0 and 5.9.0 allows remote authenticated users to exploit an XSS issue via not sanitizing the user input.
  1. CVE-2018-6660
    Directory Traversal vulnerability in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) 5.3.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.0 and 5.9.0 allows administrators to use Windows alternate data streams, which could be used to bypass the file extensions, via not properly validating the path when exporting a particular XML file.
Affected Component:
  • ePO core services
To remediate this issue:
  • Users of ePO 5.3.2 or earlier are recommended to upgrade to ePO 5.3.3 or 5.9.1.
  • Users of ePO 5.9.0 are recommended to upgrade to ePO 5.9.1.
Go to the Product Downloads site and download the applicable product patch files:
Product Type File Name Release Date
ePO 5.9.1 Patch EPO591L.zip November 30, 2017
ePO 5.3.3 Patch EPO533L.zip July 26, 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.
Product Specific Notes
ePO 5.1.x is End of Life (EOL). McAfee recommends that all customers using ePO 5.1.x upgrade to 5.3.x or 5.9.x.
None. McAfee strongly encourages installing the latest ePO patch specified in the Remediation table.
McAfee credits Christoffer Wiman from basalt for reporting this flaw.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I know if my McAfee product is vulnerable or not?
For ePO/Server products:
Use the following instructions for server-based products:
  • Check the version and build of ePO that is installed. For information about how to check the version, see: KB52634.
  • Create a query in ePO for the product version of the product installed in your organization.
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, 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 the successful exploitation of the issue being scored.
What are the CVSS scoring metrics?
  1. CVE-2018-6659: ePO Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability
    Base Score 3.7
    Attack Vector (AV) Network (N)
    Attack Complexity (AC) High (H)
    Privileges Required (PR) Low (L)
    User Interaction (UI) Required (R)
    Scope (S) Unchanged (U)
    Confidentiality (C) Low (L)
    Integrity (I) None (N)
    Availability (A) Low (L)
    Temporal Score (Overall) 3.4
    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.
  1. CVE-2018-6660: ePO Directory Traversal vulnerability
    Base Score 6.2
    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) None (N)
    Integrity (I) Low (L)
    Availability (A) High (H)
    Temporal Score (Overall) 5.6
    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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