Privilege escalation in Microsoft Windows Winsock

Published: 2019-09-10 | Updated: 2019-09-10
Severity Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-1215
CWE ID CWE-119
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Windows Subscribe
Windows Server
Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Buffer overflow

Severity: Medium

CVSSv3: 7.5 [CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-1215

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Description

The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error within the ws2ifsl.sys (Winsock). A local user can run a specially crafted application, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system with elevated privileges.

Note, this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Windows: 7, 8.1, 10, 10 1607, 10 1703, 10 1709, 10 1803, 10 1809, 10 1903, RT 8.1

Windows Server: 1803, 1903, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019

CPE External links

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-1215

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.