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[VS-2018-018] NordVPN for Windows Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

CVE ID

CVE-2018-10170

CVSS Score

Pending

Vendor

NordVPN

Product

NordVPN for Windows

Product Version

6.12.7.0

Vulnerability Details

NordVPN for Windows suffers from a SYSTEM privilege escalation vulnerability through the nordvpn-service service. This service establishes an NetNamedPipe endpoint that allows arbitrary installed applications to connect and call publicly exposed methods. The Connect method accepts a class instance argument that provides attacker control of the OpenVpn command line. An attacker can specify a dynamic library plugin that should run for every new VPN connection attempt. This plugin will execute code in the context of the SYSTEM user.

Vendor Response

Vendor will review and update

Disclosure Timeline

  • 03-21-2018 - Vendor disclosure via email
  • 03-21-2018 - Vendor response
  • 03-21-2018 - Vendor response via email
  • 04-16-2018 - Vendor notified of the advisory release

Credit

Fabius Watson of VerSprite Security (@FabiusArtrel)