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Category:   Device (Encryption/VPN)  >   Dell SonicWALL Vendors:   SonicWALL
SonicWALL Global Security Client System Tray Icon Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1022283
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 27 2009
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): SonicWALL Global Security Client version
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in SonicWALL Global Security Client. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can right-click on the System Tray applet and open a command shell (via the "log", "Event Viewer", "Open Log File ..." menus) with System privileges.

The vendor was notified on October 25, 2006.

The original advisory is available at:

lofi42 of SEC Consult reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain System level privileges on the target system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] SEC Consult SA-20090525-2 :: SonicWALL Global

SEC Consult Security Advisory < 20090525-2 >
              title: SonicWALL Global Security Client Local Privilege 
                     Escalation Vulnerability        
            program: SonicWALL Global Security Client
 vulnerable version: and possibly other versions
              found: October 2006
                 by: lofi42
     permanent link:

Vendor description:

The SonicWALL Global Security Client offers IT professionals the
capability to manage a mobile user’s online access, based upon corporate
policies, in order to ensure optimal security of the network and
maximize network resources. Instant messaging, high-risk Web sites and
network file access can all be allowed or disallowed as security and
productivity concerns dictate. 


Vulnerability overview:

Local exploitation of a design error in SonicWALLs Global Security
Client could allow attackers to obtain increased privileges.

Vulnerability description:

The problem specifically exists because SYSTEM privileges are not
dropped when accessing the GSC properties from the System Tray applet.
The vulnerability can be exploited by right-clicking the System Tray
icon, choosing "Log", right click "Event Viewer", "Open Log File...".
The opened file selected can be abused by navigating to C:\WINDOWS
\SYSTEM32\, right-clicking cmd.exe, then selecting "Open"; doing so
spawns a command shell with SYSTEM privileges.

Proof of concept:

This vulnerability can be exploited without any special exploit code.

Vendor contact timeline:

2006:       Vulnerability found
2006.10.25: Vulnerability first reported to vendor
2009.02.17: Vulnerability reported to vendor again
2009.03.16: Request for status update
2009.04.21: Request for status update
2009.05.25: Public Release


SEC Consult was not able to get any vendor feedback on this issue. We
are currently not aware of a patch or workaround.

SEC Consult Unternehmensberatung GmbH

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Mooslackengasse 17
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Tel.: +43 / 1 / 890 30 43 - 0
Fax.: +43 / 1 / 890 30 43 - 25
Mail: research at sec-consult dot com

EOF SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab / @2009

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