ID CVE-2010-0237
Summary The kernel in Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 and XP SP2 and SP3 allows local users to gain privileges by creating a symbolic link from an untrusted registry hive to a trusted registry hive, aka "Windows Kernel Symbolic Link Creation Vulnerability."
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2000:*:sp4:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_xp:*:sp2:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_xp:*:sp3:*:*:*:*:*:*
Base: 6.9 (as of 12-10-2018 - 21:56)
  • Manipulating Web Input to File System Calls
    An attacker manipulates inputs to the target software which the target software passes to file system calls in the OS. The goal is to gain access to, and perhaps modify, areas of the file system that the target software did not intend to be accessible.
  • Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files. When the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high.
  • Using Malicious Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's configuration that allows an attacker to either directly access an executable file, for example through shell access; or in a possible worst case allows an attacker to upload a file and then execute it. Web servers, ftp servers, and message oriented middleware systems which have many integration points are particularly vulnerable, because both the programmers and the administrators must be in synch regarding the interfaces and the correct privileges for each interface.
  • Target Programs with Elevated Privileges
    This attack targets programs running with elevated privileges. The attacker would try to leverage a bug in the running program and get arbitrary code to execute with elevated privileges. For instance an attacker would look for programs that write to the system directories or registry keys (such as HKLM, which stores a number of critical Windows environment variables). These programs are typically running with elevated privileges and have usually not been designed with security in mind. Such programs are excellent exploit targets because they yield lots of power when they break. The malicious user try to execute its code at the same level as a privileged system call.
  • Restful Privilege Elevation
    Rest uses standard HTTP (Get, Put, Delete) style permissions methods, but these are not necessarily correlated generally with back end programs. Strict interpretation of HTTP get methods means that these HTTP Get services should not be used to delete information on the server, but there is no access control mechanism to back up this logic. This means that unless the services are properly ACL'd and the application's service implementation are following these guidelines then an HTTP request can easily execute a delete or update on the server side. The attacker identifies a HTTP Get URL such as http://victimsite/updateOrder, which calls out to a program to update orders on a database or other resource. The URL is not idempotent so the request can be submitted multiple times by the attacker, additionally, the attacker may be able to exploit the URL published as a Get method that actually performs updates (instead of merely retrieving data). This may result in malicious or inadvertent altering of data on the server.
cvss-vector via4 AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
msbulletin via4
bulletin_id MS10-021
date 2010-04-13T00:00:00
impact Elevation of Privilege
knowledgebase_id 979683
severity Important
title Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
oval via4
accepted 2010-06-07T04:00:30.091-04:00
class vulnerability
name Dragos Prisaca
organization Symantec Corporation
  • comment Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:229
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP (x86) SP2 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:754
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP (x86) SP3 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5631
description The kernel in Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 and XP SP2 and SP3 allows local users to gain privileges by creating a symbolic link from an untrusted registry hive to a trusted registry hive, aka "Windows Kernel Symbolic Link Creation Vulnerability."
family windows
id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:7130
status accepted
submitted 2010-03-13T13:00:00
title Windows Kernel Symbolic Link Creation Vulnerability
version 74
refmap via4
cert TA10-103A
sectrack 1023850
secunia 39373
Last major update 12-10-2018 - 21:56
Published 14-04-2010 - 16:00
Last modified 12-10-2018 - 21:56
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