Security Advisory ID: NSKPSA-2023-002
Severity Rating: High
First Communicated: May 10, 2023
Overall CVSS Score: 7.0
The Netskope client service on Windows runs as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM which writes log files to a writable directory (C:\Users\Public\netSkope) for a standard user. The files are created and written with a SYSTEM account except one file (logplaceholder) which inherits permission giving all users full access control list. Netskope client restricts access to this file by allowing only read permissions as a standard user. Whenever the Netskope client service restarts, it deletes the logplaceholder and recreates, creating a race condition, which can be exploited by a malicious local user to create the file and set ACL permissions on the file. Once the file is created by a malicious user with proper ACL permissions, all files within C:\Users\Public\netSkope\ becomes modifiable by the unprivileged user. By using Windows pseudo-symlink, these files can be pointed to other places in the system and thus malicious users will be able to elevate privileges.
Affected Product(s) and Version(s)
Netskope Client for Windows v95 & prior
Netskope has patched the vulnerability and released a binary with a fix. Customers are recommended to upgrade their Netskope clients to v100 or later. Netskope download Instructions – Download Netskope Client and Scripts – Netskope Support
Netskope has provided a documented guide on hardening Netskope Client with additional security features which will further strengthen security of the product. Here are the guidelines – https://docs.netskope.com/en/netskope-client-hardening.html
General Security Best Practices
Following are the security best practices recommended for Netskope products:
Special Notes and Acknowledgement
Netskope credits Dawson Medin from Mandiant for reporting this flaw.
Exploitation and Public Disclosures
Netskope is not aware of any public disclosure and exploitation of this vulnerability at the time of publication.
|1.0||May 10, 2023||Initial release|
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