Attacker Value
High
(1 user assessed)
Exploitability
Moderate
(1 user assessed)
User Interaction
None
Privileges Required
Low
Attack Vector
Local
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CVE-2022-21882

Disclosure Date: January 11, 2022
Exploited in the Wild
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Description

Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability

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Technical Analysis

Looks like this is a LPE in win32k that is being exploited in the wild according to Microsoft to let attackers escalate their privileges to SYSTEM. Attack complexity on this is high which is understandable given the history of win32k and the complexities regarding its architecture which was built before modern security mitigations were implemented. With that being said though the finder of this bug, at https://twitter.com/b2ahex/status/1481233350840893442, notes that exploitation is easy and that this is a patch bypass for CVE-2021-1732, which was a window object type confusion leading to an OOB (out-of-bounds) write as noted by McAfee’s technical writeup at https://www.mcafee.com/blogs/enterprise/mcafee-enterprise-atr/technical-analysis-of-cve-2021-1732/.

Of particular note here is that they credit Big CJTeam of Tianfu Cup and RyeLv aka @b2ahex on Twitter for finding this vulnerability. They note that this was exploited in the wild but the mention of Tianfu Cup is interesting as it suggests this was also reported to China’s government via the Chinese Tianfu Cup hacking competition.

CVSS V3 Severity and Metrics
Base Score:
7.8 High
Impact Score:
5.9
Exploitability Score:
1.8
Vector:
CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
Attack Vector (AV):
Local
Attack Complexity (AC):
Low
Privileges Required (PR):
Low
User Interaction (UI):
None
Scope (S):
Unchanged
Confidentiality (C):
High
Integrity (I):
High
Availability (A):
High

General Information

Vendors

  • microsoft

Products

  • windows 10 1809,
  • windows 10 1909,
  • windows 10 20h2,
  • windows 10 21h1,
  • windows 10 21h2,
  • windows 11 -,
  • windows server 2019 -,
  • windows server 2022,
  • windows server 20h2

Exploited in the Wild

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