Microsoft Windows resource management

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Windows (Operating System) (unknown version) and classified as critical. Affected by this issue is an unknown code block. 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. CVE summarizes:

Double free vulnerability in win32k.sys in the kernel-mode drivers in Microsoft Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista SP1 and SP2, Windows Server 2008 Gold and SP2, and Windows 7 allows local users to gain privileges via a crafted application, aka "Win32k Double Free Vulnerability."

The weakness was published 12/16/2010 by Tarjei Mandt with Norman (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2010-3941 since 10/14/2010. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack needs to be approached locally. The requirement for exploitation is a simple authentication. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $5k-$25k (estimation calculated on 10/07/2021).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 51170 (MS10-098: Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2436673)), 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 90664 (Microsoft Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Elevation of Privilege Vulnerabilities (MS10-098)).

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 (63580) and Tenable (51170). Similar entries are available at 54555, 54552, 55777 and 55776.






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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 51170
Nessus Name: MS10-098: Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2436673)
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OpenVAS ID: 902275
OpenVAS Name: Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Privilege Elevation Vulnerabilities (2436673)
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10/14/2010 🔍
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Researcher: Tarjei Mandt
Organization: Norman
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2010-3941 (🔍)

X-Force: 63580
SecurityTracker: 1024880 - Windows Kernel Buffer Overflows and Memory Corruption Errors Let Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
Vulnerability Center: 28672 - [MS10-098] Microsoft Windows Kernel-Mode driver Local Double-Free Privilege Escalation Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 45287 - Microsoft Windows CVE-2010-3941 'Win32k.sys' Double Free Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

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Created: 03/19/2015 11:27 PM
Updated: 10/07/2021 08:47 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 11:27 PM (58), 04/07/2017 04:04 PM (17), 10/07/2021 08:47 AM (3)
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