Rule Category

OS-WINDOWS -- Snort has detected traffic targeting vulnerabilities in a Windows-based operating system. This does not include browser traffic or other software on the OS, but attacks against the OS itself. (such as?)

Alert Message

OS-WINDOWS Microsoft Windows Win32k driver DestroyThreadsTimers use after free attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when there is an attempt to trigger a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Windows due to a vulnerability in DestroyThreadsTimers. Impact: Attempted Administrator Privilege Gain Details: Ease of Attack:

What To Look For

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


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CVE Additional Information

An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Windows when the Win32k component fails to properly handle objects in memory, aka 'Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability'. This CVE ID is unique from CVE-2020-0691, CVE-2020-0719, CVE-2020-0721, CVE-2020-0722, CVE-2020-0723, CVE-2020-0724, CVE-2020-0725, CVE-2020-0726, CVE-2020-0731.
SeverityHIGH Base Score7.2
Impact Score10.0 Exploit Score3.9
Confidentiality ImpactCOMPLETE Integrity ImpactCOMPLETE
Availability ImpactCOMPLETE Access VectorLOCAL
AuthenticationNONE Ease of AccessLOW