Security expert SandboxEscaper published a proof-of-concept (PoC) code for a new Windows zero-day, it is the fourth she released this year.
The proof-of-concept (PoC) code published by SandboxEscaper overwrites ‘pci.sys’ with information about software and hardware problems, collected through the Windows Error Reporting (WER) event-based feedback infrastructure.
SandboxEscaper initially announced the release of the PoC code for the new year, but she decided to publicly disclose it two days after the Christmas day.
The expert warns of some limitations for the exploit code that may not work on some CPUs, for example, it could not work on systems based on a single CPU core.
SandboxEscaper also added that it could take time to trigger the issue because it relies on a race condition and other operations may break the outcome.
SandboxEscaper added that the exploit code could be used to disable third-party AV software.
“You can also use it to perhaps disable third-party AV software,” the expert explained.
Will Dormann, a security expert at CERT/CC, was able to successfully execute the exploit code on Windows 10 Home, build 17134. The expert confirmed that the exploit not always works.
Experts from BleepingComputer pointed out that the exploit code could cause a DoS condition.
“Since the target is ‘pci.sys,’ SandboxEscaper’s PoC can cause a denial-of-service on the machine, from a user that does not have administrative privileges. ‘Pci.sys’ a system component necessary for correctly booting the operating system, since it enumerates physical device objects.” reads a blog post published on BleepingComputer.
SandboxEscaper said that she has reported the bug to the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) once published.
SandboxEscaper disclosed another Windows zero-day in December, it is an arbitrary file read vulnerability that could be exploited by a low-privileged user or a malicious program to read the content of any file on a Windows system.
Since August, SandboxEscaper has publicly dropped exploits for two Windows zero-day vulnerabilities forcing Microsoft to quickly address them to avoid its users being targeted by hackers.
In October, SandboxEscaper released the proof-of-concept exploit code for Microsoft Data Sharing that allowed a low privileged user to delete critical system files from Windows systems.
In August, SandboxEscaper released the PoC exploit for a local privilege escalation flaw in Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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