Trend Micro TmComm Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 02.07.07
Feb 07, 2007
The Trend Micro AntiVirus scan engine is widely relied upon to provide
AntiVirus capabilities to desktop, server, and gateway systems. The engine
is licensed to several of Trend Micro's OEM partners. More information is
available on Trend Micro's web site at the following URL.
Local exploitation of an input validation vulnerability within version
126.96.36.1992 of TmComm.sys as included with Trend Micro's AntiVirus engine
could allow an attacker execute arbitrary code in kernel context.
This vulnerability specifically exists due to insecure permissions on the
\\.\TmComm DOS device interface. The permissions on this device allows
"Everyone" write access. This could allow a locally logged in user to
access functionality via IOCTLs which was designed for privileged use
Additionally, the IOCTL handlers for this DOS device interface do not
validate addresses passed to them. As such, it is possible to overwrite
arbitrary memory or execute attacker-supplied code in the context of the
kernel (RING 0).
Exploitation allows an attacker to elevate privileges by overwriting
arbitrary system memory or executing code within kernel context.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in our
vulnerability lab. The configuration at verification time was as follows:
* Trend Micro's PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007
* TmComm.sys version 188.8.131.522
* VsapiNI.sys (scan engine) version 3.320.0.1003
All products using Trend Micro's scan engine should be considered
Removing write permissions for "Everyone" appears to prevent access to the
vulnerable code. iDefense confirmed that the virus scanning engine was
still able to detect viruses. Although no side effects were witnessed in
Lab tests, normal functionality may be hindered.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
"To address this vulnerability, Trend Micro recommends to customers to
update their Anti-Rootkit Common Module to version 1.600-1052.
Products that are set to Automatic Update will be updated immediately.
Manual Updating can also be performed by using the product's "Update
More information is available in Trend Micro's knowledge base at the link
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
01/17/2007 Initial vendor notification
01/19/2007 Initial vendor response
02/07/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Ruben Santamarta of
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