Researchers create Hot Potato exploit for Windows2016-01-25 16:06 by Daniela
Security researchers from Foxglove Security have combined several Windows vulnerabilities in one exploit, called "Hot Potato". It can be used to break into PCs/systems/laptops running on Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and Windows Server 2008/2010, allowing hackers to gain full control of user's computer.
These exploits were initially discovered in the year 2000 but still these exploits were not patched by Microsoft.
"Hot Potato takes advantage of known issues in Windows to gain local privilege escalation in default configurations, namely NTLM relay -\- specifically HTTP-SMB relay - and NBNS spoofing," Foxglove researcher Stephen Breen says.
"Using this technique, we can elevate our privilege on a Windows workstation from the lowest levels to NT Authority/System – the highest level of privilege available on a Windows machine. "This is important because many organisations unfortunately rely on Windows account privileges to protect their corporate network."
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