Advisory Details

August 21st, 2023

McAfee Safe Connect VPN Uncontrolled Search Path Element Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-23-1158
ZDI-CAN-20770

CVE ID CVE-2023-40352
CVSS SCORE 7.8, (AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)
AFFECTED VENDORS McAfee
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Safe Connect VPN
VULNERABILITY DETAILS

This vulnerability allows local attackers to escalate privileges on affected installations of McAfee Safe Connect VPN. 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 configuration of OpenSSL. The product loads an OpenSSL configuration file from an unsecured location. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to escalate privileges and execute arbitrary code in the context of SYSTEM.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS McAfee has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
https://www.mcafee.com/support/?articleId=TS103462&page=shell&shell=article-view
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2023-04-28 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2023-08-21 - Coordinated public release of advisory
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