Check Point Zone Labs SRESCAN IOCTL Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 04.20.07
Apr 20, 2007
Zone Alarm products provide security solutions such as anti-virus,
firewall, spy-ware, and ad-ware protection. The srescan.sys device
driver contains the Spyware Removal Engine portion of these products.
More information is available at the Zone Labs web site at the
Local exploitation of multiple design error vulnerabilities within
multiple Check Point Zone Alarm products could allow an attacker to
gain elevated privileges.
The problem specifically exists within the IOCTL handling code in the
srescan.sys device driver. The device driver fails to validate
user-land supplied addresses passed to IOCTL 0x22208F and IOCTL
Since the Irp parameters are not correctly validated, an attacker could
utilize this IOCTL to overwrite arbitrary memory. In the case of IOCTL
0x2220CF, the attacker can write the constant double-word value of
0x30000. In the case of IOCTL 0x22208F, the attacker can write the
contents of a buffer returned from ZwQuerySystemInformation.
Exploitation allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code within the
context of the kernel.
The access control mechanisms under a default installation allow
restricted accounts to access the affected device drivers. This allows
elevation of privileges directly to SYSTEM.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities within
version version 126.96.36.199 of srescan.sys as installed with Check Point
Zone Labs Zone Alarm Free. All other products within the Zone Alarm
product line are suspected to be vulnerable. Previous versions are also
suspected to be vulnerable.
Changing the access control mechanisms for the affected device drivers
will prevent exploitation by restricted accounts.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The Zone Labs Security Team reports that these issues are "fixed in
versions 188.8.131.52 of the ZoneAlarm Spyware Removal Engine (SRE) and
higher. The currently deployed version of SRE in ZoneAlarm is
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
12/19/2006 Initial vendor notification
12/20/2006 Initial vendor response
03/21/2007 Second vendor notification
03/22/2007 Second vendor response
04/20/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Ruben Santamarta of
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