Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Path privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (Operating System) and classified as problematic. This issue affects an unknown code of the component Path Handler. The manipulation with the input value . leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

The PATH in Windows NT includes the current working directory (.), which could allow local users to gain privileges by placing Trojan horse programs with the same name as commonly used system programs into certain directories.

The weakness was published 07/25/1997 as not defined posting (Bugtraq). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-1999-1217. The exploitation is known to be easy. Attacking locally is a requirement. A simple authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details as well as a public exploit are known.

It is declared as proof-of-concept.

Upgrading to version XP or 2000 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at X-Force (526). is providing further details.





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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.8

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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Upgrade: Windows XP/2000


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Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-1217 (🔍)
X-Force: 526 - Microsoft Windows NT path is insecure and can be easily trojaned

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Created: 06/18/2014 03:51 PM
Updated: 04/07/2017 04:02 PM
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