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Zero-day flaw bypasses Windows UAC

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

A new vulnerability in the Windows kernel was disclosed this Wednesday(11-24-2010) that could allow malware to attain administrative privileges by bypassing User Account Control (UAC).

A zero-day exploit in Microsoft Windows enables non-administrator accounts to execute code as if they were an administrator. The flaw appears to affect all versions of Windows back to at least Windows XP, including the latest Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 systems.

A bug in win32k.sys, which is part of the Windows kernel, seems to be responsible for this exploit. The flaw is related to the way in which a certain registry key is interpreted and enables an attacker to impersonate the system account, which has nearly unlimited access to all components of the Windows system. The registry key in question is under the full control of non-privileged users.

This exploit does not allow remote code execution (RCE). Thus, malicious code that uses the exploit needs to be introduced. So your anti-virus system should be able to block those payloads and keep you safe.

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Windows shortcut flaw goes wild?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

On July 16, Microsoft released Security Advisory 2286198 confirmed the Windows shortcut flaw that exposes all windows user of all current versions of Windows system to very serious attacks, including fully patched Windows 7 system.

Just by opening a directory containing the infected shortcut will get user infected. Once the infected shortcut icon is displayed in Windows Explorer, malicious code is launched without any further user interaction. Hackers have already developed malware that spreads via USB sticks, using this vulnerabilities.¬† Independent security researcher Frank Boldewin had found the attack is currently targeted toward the WinCC SCADA system by Siemens. “Looks like this malware was made for espionage,” Boldewin writes.

On Sunday, a researcher known as “Ivanlef0u” published aproof-of-concept code to several locations on the Internet. There is already a Metasploit module that implements the exploit with the WebDAV method.

To protect yourself from the attack, Microsoft suggests disabling the displaying of icon for shortcut and turning off WebClient service as workarounds against possible attacks. Please reference Microsoft advisory for details of how to “Disable the displaying of icons for shortcuts“. Another way to protect yourself is to use Didier Stevens’ tool¬†Ariad .

Additional information on the flaw can be found in a blog post by the SANS Institute’s Internet Storm Centre here.

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