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 10 Win32k elevation of privilege attempt

Rule Explanation

This rule looks for an specific set of instructions that leverages an escalation of privileges in vulnerable Windows 10 OS. When they are properly aligned and embedded in an executable file they will grant the attacker a higher level of privileges in the system.

What To Look For

This rule will alert when there's an attempt to exploit an escalation of privileges in Windows 10 by sending a maliciously crafted exe file

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


Cisco Talos Intelligence Group

MITRE ATT&CK Framework

Tactic: Execution

Technique: User Execution

For reference, see the MITRE ATT&CK vulnerability types here:

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