Vulnerability Note VU#410025

Microsoft Windows LSASS privilege escalation vulnerability

Original Release date: 08 Jan 2008 | Last revised: 08 Jan 2008


The Windows LSASS service contains privilege escalation vulnerability.


The Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) is a process that enforces the local security policy.

Per Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-002:

    An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the Microsoft Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) due to its improper handling of local procedure call (LPC) requests. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to run code with elevated privileges. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.


A local, authenticated attacker may be able gain elevated privileges or execute programs in the context of a different user.


Microsoft has released an update to address this issue. See Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-002 for more information.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-08 Jan 2008
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Microsoft credits Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-5352
  • Date Public: 08 Jan 2008
  • Date First Published: 08 Jan 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Jan 2008
  • Severity Metric: 1.50
  • Document Revision: 12


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