Advisory Details

December 15th, 2020

(0Day) Microsoft Windows splwow64 Untrusted Pointer Dereference Information Disclosure Vulnerability

ZDI-20-1434
ZDI-CAN-11350

CVE ID CVE-2021-1648
CVSS SCORE 2.5, (AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)
AFFECTED VENDORS Microsoft
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Windows
VULNERABILITY DETAILS

This vulnerability allows local attackers to disclose sensitive information on affected 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 user-mode printer driver host process splwow64.exe. The issue results from the lack of proper validation of a user-supplied value prior to dereferencing it as a pointer. An attacker can leverage this in conjunction with other vulnerabilities to escalate privileges from low integrity and execute code in the context of the current user at medium integrity.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

This vulnerability is being disclosed publicly without a patch in accordance with the ZDI 120 day deadline.

07/01/20 - ZDI reported the vulnerability to Microsoft
07/01/20 - Microsoft confirmed receipt of the report
08/18/20 - Microsoft requested an extension until 11/10/20
08/19/20 - ZDI agreed to the extension
10/29/20 - Microsoft requested an extension until 12/10/20
10/29/20 - ZDI agreed to the extension
12/03/20 - Microsoft requested an extension until 01/10/21
12/07/20 - ZDI notified Microsoft of the intention to publish these reports as 0-day advisories on 12/15/2020

-- Mitigation:
Given the nature of the vulnerability the only salient mitigation strategy is to restrict interaction with the application.


DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2020-07-01 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2020-12-15 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Lucas Leong (@_wmliang_) of Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative
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