TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Avira Free Antivirus ssmdrv Kernel Driver Memory Corruption Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-16-670: December 15th, 2016

CVSS Score

Affected Vendors

Affected Products

    Free Antivirus

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows attackers to escalate privileges on vulnerable installations of Avira Free Antivirus. An attacker must first obtain the ability to execute low-privileged code on the target system in order to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the processing of IOCTL 0x00220010 by the ssmdrv driver. The issue lies in failure to properly validate user-supplied data which can result in a memory corruption condition within the kernel. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the kernel.

Vendor Response

Avira states:

The reported vulnerability should be fixed now with the version

Disclosure Timeline

    2016-06-14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2016-12-15 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    bee13oy of CloverSec Labs