Privilege escalation in Windows kernel



Published: 2018-12-11 | Updated: 2018-12-13
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2018-8611
CWE-ID CWE-362
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
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Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Windows Server
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains information about 1 vulnerabilities.

UPDATED: 13.12.2018
Changed vulnerability description and CWE-ID.

1) Race condition

EUVDB-ID: #VU16457

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 8.4 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8611

CWE-ID: CWE-362 - Concurrent Execution using Shared Resource with Improper Synchronization ('Race Condition')

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

The vulnerability exists due to a race condition within the Kernel Transaction Manager driver (ntoskrnl.exe) when processing transacted file operations in kernel mode. A local user can create a specially program, and run arbitrary code on the system n kernel mode.

Note: the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Windows: 7 - 10 1809

Windows Server: 2008 - 2019 1803


CPE2.3 External links

http://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8611

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.



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