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SEC Consult SA-20090525-2 :: SonicWALL Global Security Client Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

SEC Consult Security Advisory < 20090525-2 >
              title: SonicWALL Global Security Client Local Privilege 
                     Escalation Vulnerability        
            program: SonicWALL Global Security Client
 vulnerable version: and possibly other versions
           homepage: http://www.sonicwall.com
              found: October 2006
                 by: lofi42
     permanent link: https://www.sec-consult.com/advisories_e.html#a56

Vendor description:

The SonicWALL Global Security Client offers IT professionals the
capability to manage a mobile userâs online access, based upon corporate
policies, in order to ensure optimal security of the network and
maximize network resources. Instant messaging, high-risk Web sites and
network file access can all be allowed or disallowed as security and
productivity concerns dictate. 


Vulnerability overview:

Local exploitation of a design error in SonicWALLs Global Security
Client could allow attackers to obtain increased privileges.

Vulnerability description:

The problem specifically exists because SYSTEM privileges are not
dropped when accessing the GSC properties from the System Tray applet.
The vulnerability can be exploited by right-clicking the System Tray
icon, choosing "Log", right click "Event Viewer", "Open Log File...".
The opened file selected can be abused by navigating to C:\WINDOWS
\SYSTEM32\, right-clicking cmd.exe, then selecting "Open"; doing so
spawns a command shell with SYSTEM privileges.

Proof of concept:

This vulnerability can be exploited without any special exploit code.

Vendor contact timeline:

2006:       Vulnerability found
2006.10.25: Vulnerability first reported to vendor
2009.02.17: Vulnerability reported to vendor again
2009.03.16: Request for status update
2009.04.21: Request for status update
2009.05.25: Public Release


SEC Consult was not able to get any vendor feedback on this issue. We
are currently not aware of a patch or workaround.

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