Privilege escalation in Microsoft Windows

Published: 2020-11-26
Risk Low
Patch available NO
Number of vulnerabilities 1
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Windows Server
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Security restrictions bypass

EUVDB-ID: #VU48660

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 8.1 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:U/RC:C]


CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to incorrect permissions set for two registry keys for the RPC Endpoint Mapper and DNSCache services. A local user can modify keys a leverage behavior of other system services to load a malicious DLL and execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.

Affected registry keys are:

  • HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesRpcEptMapper
  • HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDnscache


Cybersecurity Help is currently unaware of any official solution to address this vulnerability.

As a remediation, change permissions on the registry keys and disable access to these keys for unprivileged users.

Vulnerable software versions

Windows: 7 - 7 SP1

Windows Server: 2008 - 2008 SP2

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.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

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