Vulnerability in Microsoft Security Essentials <v4.2 May 04 2013 03:42PM
Stefan Kanthak (stefan kanthak nexgo de)
Hi @ll,

versions of Microsoft Security Essentials before the current
v4.2 (see <https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2805304>) have a
vulnerability that could lead to execution of arbitrary code
in the security context of the LocalSystem account (almost like
<https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2781197> alias

The "UninstallString" written to

Microsoft Security Client]
"UninstallString"="C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Security Client\\Setup.exe /X"

contains unquoted spaces.
This command may be called by Windows Update Agent or deployment
agents running under the LocalSystem account.


2012-12-05 vendor informed

2013-12-06 vendor acknowledged report

2013-02-13 vendor released fixed version

Stefan Kanthak

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