Advisory Details

October 10th, 2017

Microsoft Windows Submenu Use-After-Free Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-17-845
ZDI-CAN-5199

CVE ID CVE-2017-8689
CVSS SCORE 7.2, (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
AFFECTED VENDORS Microsoft
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Windows
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows local attackers to escalate privileges on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. 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 hierarchical menus. The issue results from the lack of validating the existence of an object prior to performing operations on the object. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to escalate privilege to the level of SYSTEM.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2017-8689
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2017-09-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2017-10-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT hungtt28 & nyancat of Viettel Cyber Security
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