Zero-day vulnerability in Windows

Buffer overflow
CVE-2019-1458

This vulnerability was reported by Anton Ivanov and Alexey Kulaev of Kaspersky Lab. This vulnerability was used in Operation WizardOpium campaign against Korean users.

Vulnerability details

Advisory: SB2019121007 - Privilege escalation in Microsoft Windows

Vulnerable component: Windows

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-1458

CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Description:

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

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error when processing objects in memory within the Win32k component. A local user can create a malicious application, launch it on the system and execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.

Note, this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

Known APT campaigns:

Operation WizardOpium

The attack leverages a waterhole-style injection on a Korean-language news portal. A malicious JavaScript code was inserted in the main page, which in turn, loads a profiling script from a remote site.

Two zero-day vulnerabilities were used to install malware on victim's PCs.