Privilege escalation in Zoom client for Windows

Published: 2020-05-05
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-11443
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Zoom Client for Windows
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Link following

EUVDB-ID: #VU27546

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 6.1 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-11443

CWE-ID: CWE-59 - Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to MSI installer in Zoom follows symbolic links. A local user can place a specially crafted file into a writable location, trick the victim into installing Zoom client into that location and execute arbitrary code on the system with elevated privileges.


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Vulnerable software versions

Zoom Client for Windows: 0.9.10042.0911 - 4.6.11 20559.0413

CPE2.3 External links

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.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website or open a file.

The attacker would have to login to the system and perform certain actions in order to exploit this vulnerability.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.