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iDefense Security Advisory 11.06.07: Microsoft DebugView Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 15:40:18 -0500
iDefense Security Advisory 11.06.07
Nov 06, 2007
DebugView is a system analysis tool designed to display debug messages
being generated on the system. More information is available on the
vendor's site at the following URL.
Local exploitation of a design error vulnerability in Microsoft's
DebugView could allow attackers to execute arbitrary kernel code.
As part of its design, DebugView loads a kernel module Dbgv.sys. This
module includes functionality that can be abused to copy user supplied
data into the kernel, to controlled addresses. This allows malicious
users to inject arbitrary code into the running kernel.
Exploitation allows attackers to modify the kernel, resulting in the
arbitrary execution of code in kernel context.
In order to exploit this vulnerability, an administrator must launch the
DebugView application, which will load the Dbgv.sys driver into the
kernel. Once loaded, the vulnerable kernel module will be accessible by
all users, and will remain loaded until the system is rebooted.
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Microsoft
DebugView version 4.64. The specific file version of Dbgv.sys is
184.108.40.206. This file is deleted automatically after being loaded and
will not be found on disk. Previous versions are suspected to be
vulnerable as well.
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Microsoft Sysinternals has addressed this vulnerability by releasing
version 4.72 of DebugView. For more information, visit the following
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-4223 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
08/21/2007 Initial vendor notification
08/21/2007 Initial vendor response
11/06/2007 Public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to VeriSign iDefense by Stephen Fewer of
Harmony Security (www.harmonysecurity.com)
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