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 type confusion attempt

Rule Explanation

This rule looks for an attempt to exploit a type confusion vulnerability in the Win32k driver.

What To Look For

This rule fires on download of an Microsoft Windows executable attempting to exploit a type confusion vulnerability in the Win32k driver, which may lead to local privilege escalation.

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives

Contributors

Cisco Talos Intelligence Group

MITRE ATT&CK Framework

Tactic: Execution

Technique: Exploitation for Client Execution

For reference, see the MITRE ATT&CK vulnerability types here: https://attack.mitre.org

Additional Links

Rule Vulnerability

Escalation of Privilege

An Escalation of Privilege (EOP) attack is any attack method that results in a user or application gaining permissions to access resources they normally would not have access to.

CVE Additional Information