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Category:   Application (Security)  >   ZoneAlarm Vendors:   Check Point
ZoneAlarm IOCTL Validation Flaw Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018589
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-4216   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 20 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in ZoneAlarm. A local user can obtain system privileges on the target system.

A local user can supply specially crafted addresses to the IOCTL 0x8400000F and IOCTL 0x84000013 to trigger an input validation flaw in the 'vsdatant.sys' device driver and execute arbitrary code with kernel level privileges.

The vendor was notified on December 19, 2006.

Ruben Santamarta of reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A local user can execute arbitrary code with kernel level privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (7.0.362).
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 08.20.07: Check Point Zone Labs VSDATANT

Check Point Zone Labs VSDATANT Multiple IOCTL Privilege Escalation

iDefense Security Advisory 08.20.07
Aug 20, 2007


Zone Alarm products provide security solutions such as anti-virus,
firewall, spy-ware, and ad-ware protection. The vsdatant.sys driver,
also known as the TrueVector Device Driver, is the core firewall driver
in ZoneAlarm products. More information is available at the Zone Labs
web site at the following URL.


Local exploitation of multiple input validation vulnerabilities within
multiple Check Point Zone Alarm products could allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code in kernel (ring0) context.

The problems specifically exist within the IOCTL handling code in the
vsdatant.sys device driver. The device driver fails to validate
user-land supplied addresses passed to IOCTL 0x8400000F and IOCTL

Since the Irp parameters are not correctly validated, an attacker could
utilize these IOCTLs to overwrite arbitrary memory with the constant
double-word value of 0x60001 or the contents of a buffer returned from
ZwQuerySystemInformation. This includes kernel memory as well as the
code segments of running processes.


Exploitation allows an attacker to gain complete control of the affected
machine. The access control mechanisms under a default installation
allow restricted accounts to access the affected device drivers.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities within
version 6.5.737.0 of vsdatant.sys as installed with Check Point Zone
Labs Zone Alarm Free. All other products within the Zone Alarm product
line are suspected to be vulnerable. Previous versions are also
suspected to be vulnerable.


Changing the access control mechanisms for the affected device drivers
will prevent exploitation by restricted accounts.


Check Point Zone Labs has addressed these vulnerabilities in version
7.0.362 of their ZoneAlarm products. For more information, consult the
Check Point Zone Labs download page at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-4216 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


12/19/2006  Initial vendor notification
12/20/2006  Initial vendor response
08/20/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


These vulnerabilities were reported to iDefense by Ruben Santamarta of

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