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Re: MS Windows Screensaver Privilege Escalation
From: "Pavel Kankovsky" <peak () argo troja mff cuni cz>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 01:34:08 +0100 (CET)

On Thu, 25 Nov 2004, 3APA3A wrote:

Power  Users  can  install  software,  so  they  can replace any file in
SYSTEM32  directory,  including  screensaver.  It  allows  to trojan any
system  file  (for example, one can replace winspool.exe with cmd.exe to
obtain  SYSTEM  permissions).  It's  by design and it's documented. Just
never  assign users in Power Users group, as Microsoft recommends you. I
see no security vulnerability here.

They have two different groups of users: more or less almighty
Administrators and Power Users who are supposed to be less powerful. But
Power Users are in fact as powerful as Administrators. This leads to a
false sense of security and this is a vulnerability...even if it might not
be a vulnerability in the technical sense. Why don't they remove the group 
or disable it when users should not be assigned to it?

Moreover, it is pretty stupid to give users rights to modify critical
system directories just to let them install new software.

--Pavel Kankovsky aka Peak  [ Boycott Microsoft--http://www.vcnet.com/bms ]
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