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Local privilege escalation vulnerability in ZENworks 7

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Novell ZENworks Desktop Management 7.1


Two vulnerabilities were discovered within the ZENworks suite which affects ZenRem32.exe (Remote Management Agent and wm.exe (Workstation Manager Service Exploitation of this vulnerability can result in a local privilege escalation and code execution under the SYSTEM privilege.


A patch has been released to address this issue, and is available from


The following two paths are used by ZENworks to launch ZenRem32.exe and wm.exe during system start-up.

"C:\Program Files\Novell\ZENworks\RemoteManagement\RMAgent\ZenRem32.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Novell\ZENworks\wm.exe"

The underlying source code which launches these executables via command line through the provided path does not correctly double quote the path prior to execution.


Security Alert

Additional Information

This vulnerability was discovered and reported to Novell by EMERGING DEFENSE, LLC



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  • Document ID:7012147
  • Creation Date:15-APR-13
  • Modified Date:26-APR-13
    • NovellZENworks Desktop Management

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