TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Microsoft Windows xxxInsertMenuItem Out-Of-Bounds Access Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-16-453: August 9th, 2016


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows local attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the handling of menu items. The issue lies in the failure to account for a special case in which there is ambiguity as to whether a specified menu item resides on a menu or on a submenu. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to escalate privileges and execute code within the context of SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2016-05-09 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2016-08-09 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Peter(Keen) and ZeguangZhao(team509)