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Re: Microsoft Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000 file management security issues
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 00:32:42 +0300

Dear Thor (Hammer of God),

 You are wrong at least for Windows XP/2003. There is a common temporary


 It's  used  as a %TEMP% if application is launched without local logon,
 e.g. system service.

 For  example, services launched with LocalSystem account will have this
 environment variables:

USERPROFILE=C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService

 You  can  find  it's really used, because it's never empty. I see, e.g.
 files  related  to  different  Intel  drivers,  VMWare,  Microsoft .Net
 framework, Exchange and Sharepoint.

 Also,  I  remember  I  had  problems with securing ABN AMRO Bank client
 software installation, because it uses %WINDIR%\Temp for some reason.

 And now is most exciting: Users have permission to create files in this
 directory, that is pre-open attack is possible.

--Saturday, March 10, 2007, 7:28:27 PM, you wrote to bugtraq () securityfocus com:

THoG> Apps utilizing temporary files should always use the TEMP or TMP environment
THoG> variables, not a hard-coded path.  And by default, each user has their own
THoG> temp directory created (in XP/Server it is "\Documents and 
THoG> Settings\username\Local Settings\temp" and in Vista it is 
THoG> "\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp") that only they have permissions to
THoG> (with SYSTEM and Administrators, of course).  It's not like there is some
THoG> global "Full Control" temp directory created by default.

THoG> t

THoG> ----- Original Message ----- 
THoG> From: "Roger A. Grimes" <roger () banneretcs com>
THoG> To: "Tim" <tim-security () sentinelchicken org>
THoG> Cc: <bugtraq () securityfocus com>;
THoG> <full-disclosure () lists grok org uk>
THoG> Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 9:42 AM
THoG> Subject: RE: [Full-disclosure] Microsoft Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000 file
THoG> management security issues

THoG> So, let me get this. An app storing sensitive data doesn't make its own
THoG> temp storage folders in a secure location, and instead relies upon one
THoG> of the few folders in Windows that all users have Full Control to, and
THoG> this is a Windows problem?  In Linux, if an app uses \tmp, is that a
THoG> Linux issue?

THoG> Sounds like a developer issue to me.

THoG> Roger

THoG> -----Original Message-----
THoG> From: Tim [mailto:tim-security () sentinelchicken org]
THoG> Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 11:20 AM
THoG> To: Roger A. Grimes
THoG> Cc: bugtraq () securityfocus com; full-disclosure () lists grok org uk
THoG> Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Microsoft Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000 file
THoG> management security issues

THoG> I find your assessment somewhat short-sighted.  I have conducted code
THoG> reviews on several commercial apps which use C:\TEMP in very insecure
THoG> ways to store sensitive data.  It seems some of these attacks would be
THoG> possible in those situations.

THoG> Sure, Windows is already pathetically insecure against an attackers
THoG> already on the local system, but this would be yet another attack
THoG> vector.

THoG> tim

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