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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Microsoft Antimalware Client Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Antimalware Client Path Name Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1028404
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2013-0078   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 9 2013
Impact:   Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Antimalware Client. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

Windows Defender does not properly use path names. A local user can execute arbitrary code on the target system with LocalSystem privileges.

Bruce Monroe of Intel, Tony Robotham of Centrica, and Shai Sarfaty separately reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain LocalSystem privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available via Automatic Update.

A restart is required.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (8)
Underlying OS Comments:  8, RT

Message History:   None.

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