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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   NVIDIA Driver Vendors:   NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Driver Windows Control Panel Unquoted Search Path Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1034175
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1034175
CVE Reference:   CVE-2015-7866   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 18 2015
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the NVIDIA Driver Control Panel. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

The NVIDIA Control Panel executable Smart Maximize Helper (nvSmartMaxApp.exe) uses an unquoted path when launching process threads. A local user can place a specially crafted program in certain locations in the search path to cause arbitrary code to be executee with elevated privileges during Windows startup.

Wesley Daniels reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (341.92, 354.35, 358.87; for Windows).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3806/kw/security

Vendor URL:  nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3806/kw/security (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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