Privilege escalation in Trend Micro Apex One Security Agent

Published: 2022-07-28
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2022-36336
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Apex One
Client/Desktop applications / Antivirus software/Personal firewalls

Worry-Free Business Security
Client/Desktop applications / Software for system administration

Vendor Trend Micro

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Link following

EUVDB-ID: #VU65870

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2022-36336

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 insecure link following within the NT Apex One RealTime Scan Service. A local user can create a mount point and delete arbitrary files on the system.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.


The resolution for this issue is deployed automatically via ActiveUpdate to customers in an updated Spyware pattern 25.27.

Vulnerable software versions

Apex One: 2019 - Patch 6 B10048

Worry-Free Business Security: 10 SP1 Patch 2203 - 10.0 SP1 Patch 2390

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?