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Re: "Peter Miller" pcmiller61 () yahoo com, 02/26/2002 03:48 AM RE: Symantec LiveUpdate
From: "Sym Security" <symsecurity () symantec com>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 09:19:27 -0600

Re:  "Peter Miller" pcmiller61 () yahoo com, 02/26/2002 03:48 AM RE:  Symantec
Hi All,

In a similar vien would anyone with Symantec Ghost V7.0 installed like to
comment on this key:


Ghost creates a special user account on the machine to run the service
but it seems it is storing the password for this account in plain text in
the registry.


Symantec Response
This is not the same type of issue reported in the original posting by
Javier Sanchez, "Javier Sanchez" jsanchez157 () hotmail com 02/25/2002 11:14
AM, Symantec LiveUpdate"

During the installation process for Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition, the
key in question is created with Administrator access only by default.
Normal best practice procedures of administrators allowing "least
privilege" access to normal system users would preclude access to any
unauthorized registry information by anyone other than a user with
administrator privileges.

Unauthorized access to the system registry presents security concerns for
any program(s), which use the registry to persist data.   Protection of
your system includes restricting physical access to your system and
restricting administrative privileges.

Symantec take the security of our products very seriously and appreciates
the concerns of Mr. Miller.  Symantec is constantly working to improve our
products and we will be reviewing additional protective measures for this
key in future upgrades.

Please direct any Symantec product security concerns to SymSecurity at
symsecurity () symantec com 

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