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 Windows kernel win32k driver elevation of privilege attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when an attempt to corrupt the memory of a Windows Kernel driver is performed via a malicious executable. Impact: Local Privilege Escalation Details: The Windows Win32k.sys kernel driver is vulnerable to a memory corruption error that could lead to a local privilege escalation. By creating a malicious executable that targets the creation and destruction of user-mode window callbacks an attacker is able to achieve a use-after-free memory corruption to obtain privileges that they should otherwise not have. Ease of Attack: Medium

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Known Usage

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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-2020-0720, 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