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Executable installers/self-extractors are vulnerable^WEVIL (case 17): Kaspersky Labs utilities
Jan 03 2016 03:12PM
Stefan Kanthak (stefan kanthak nexgo de)
quite some utilities offered for free by Kaspersky Lab load and execute
rogue/bogus DLLs (UXTheme.dll, HNetCfg.dll, RichEd20.dll, RASAdHlp.dll,
SetupAPI.dll, ClbCatQ.dll, XPSP2Res.dll, CryptNet.dll, OLEAcc.dll etc.)
eventually found in the directory they are started from (the "application
For software downloaded with a web browser the application directory is
typically the user's "Downloads" directory: see
and <http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2012/Aug/134> for "prior art"
about this well-known and well-documented vulnerability.
If one of the DLLs named above gets planted in the user's "Downloads"
directory per "drive-by download" or "social engineering" this
vulnerability becomes a remote code execution.
Due to the application manifest embedded in some of the executables
which specifies "requireAdministrator" or the installer detection of
Windows' user account control theses installers/self-extractors are
started with administrative privileges ("protected" administrators are
prompted for consent, unprivileged standard users are prompted for an
administrator password); execution of any hijacked DLL results in
an escalation of privilege!
See <http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2015/Nov/101> and
<http://home.arcor.de/skanthak/sentinel.html> and the still unfinished
<http://home.arcor.de/skanthak/!execute.html> for more details and why
executable installers (and self-extractors too) are bad and should be
Kaspersky Lab published a security advisory 2015-12-23
after they made updated versions of their utilities available on
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