Microsoft Windows resource management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Microsoft Windows (Operating System) (the affected version unknown). This issue affects an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-399. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

The kernel in Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2 and SP3, Server 2003 SP2, and Vista Gold does not properly allocate memory for the destination key associated with a symbolic-link registry key, which allows local users to gain privileges via a crafted application, aka "Windows Kernel Memory Allocation Vulnerability."

The weakness was shared 04/14/2010 by Gynvael Coldwind (j00ru) with Hispasec (Website). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2010-0236. The exploitation is known to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. A simple authentication is necessary for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 09/08/2021).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 45508 (MS10-021: Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (979683)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 90594 (Microsoft Windows Kernel Elevation Privilege Vulnerability (MS10-021)).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (57380), Tenable (45508), SecurityFocus (BID 39323†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-25379†).






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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404

Local: Yes
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Nessus ID: 45508
Nessus Name: MS10-021: Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (979683)
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OpenVAS ID: 900236
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (979683)
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Researcher: Gynvael Coldwind (j00ru)
Organization: Hispasec
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2010-0236 (🔍)

X-Force: 57380
SecurityFocus: 39323 - Microsoft Windows Kernel Registry Key Symbolic Link Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
Vulnerability Center: 25379 - [MS10-021] Microsoft Windows Kernel Local Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability, High


Created: 03/19/2015 12:22 PM
Updated: 09/08/2021 12:22 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 12:22 PM (57), 04/07/2017 04:04 PM (13), 09/08/2021 12:10 AM (2), 09/08/2021 12:22 AM (1)
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