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Category:   OS (Microsoft)  >   Windows Kernel Vendors:   Microsoft
Windows Kernel Symbolic Link Processing Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1035833
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1035833
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-0180   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 10 2016
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Vista SP2, 2008 SP2, 7 SP1, 2008 R2 SP1, 8.1, 2012, 2012 R2, RT 8.1, 10, 10 Version 1511; and prior service packs
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Windows Kernel. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

The kernel does not properly handle symbolic links. A local user can create specially crafted symbolic links to access privileged registry keys and gain elevated privileges.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

Windows Vista Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=b1b67adb-a95e-4045-8f55-e7b31eb443cd

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=868988b1-b28a-4aa3-8df1-8f9f086984cc

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cc400f8d-ce06-4bd5-9e86-9048ac88bcbc

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d4a97acb-fcc3-483e-b119-496f27c43805

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8694426f-77bd-45b3-bc42-4bd6430c419e

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5bf172a4-4f9d-4122-9969-90779541bac8

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9b2d1d42-d994-4614-b716-3e0144102bee

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c571a562-0b25-458b-9de4-1ce71f2a8154

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cf9271ed-5fba-49b0-be70-2472b91cee3e

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e1e1a7d7-36a0-4878-99a4-1a36be1464ac

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a9c0daf0-c97b-4513-a037-1142287ff8d8

Windows Server 2012:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5d579d99-2799-4345-bac0-da3872e12246

Windows Server 2012 R2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb97d7f8-f47b-4b16-8a92-b2e5582484fe

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cc400f8d-ce06-4bd5-9e86-9048ac88bcbc

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d4a97acb-fcc3-483e-b119-496f27c43805

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c571a562-0b25-458b-9de4-1ce71f2a8154

Windows Server 2012:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5d579d99-2799-4345-bac0-da3872e12246

Windows Server 2012 R2:

https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb97d7f8-f47b-4b16-8a92-b2e5582484fe

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms16-060

Vendor URL:  technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms16-060 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, State error

Message History:   None.


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