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Spoofing attack in Microsoft Windows CryptoAPI

Published: 2020-01-14 | Updated: 2020-01-17
Severity High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-0601
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Vulnerability #1 is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Windows Server
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

UPDATED: 17.01.2020
Added information about in the wild exploitation of the vulnerability, updated CVSS score and references section.

1) Spoofing attack

Severity: High

CVSSv3: 7.7 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-0601

CWE-ID: CWE-451 - User Interface (UI) Misrepresentation of Critical Information (Clickjacking, spoofing)

Exploit availability: Yes [Search exploit]


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform spoofing attack.

The vulnerability exists due to the way Windows CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) validates Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) certificates. A remote attacker can use a spoofed code-signing certificate to sign a malicious executable, make it appear the file was from a trusted, legitimate source, trick a victim to open it and gain access to sensitive information.

A successful exploit could also allow the attacker to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks and decrypt confidential information on user connections to the affected software.

According to VirusTotal, there is in the wild exploitation of his vulnerability as of January 17, 2020.


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Vulnerable software versions

Windows: 10, 10 1607, 10 1709, 10 1803, 10 1809, 10 1903, 10 1909

Windows Server: 1803, 1903, 1909, 2016, 2019

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.