TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

(Pwn2Own) Microsoft Windows CLFS Driver Uninitialized Memory Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-17-476: July 11th, 2017


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows local attackers to escalate privileges on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. An attacker must first obtain the ability to execute low-privileged code on the target system in order to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the Common Log File System (CLFS) driver. A crafted call to this driver can trigger access to memory prior to initialization. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to escalate privilege to the level of SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2017-03-16 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2017-07-11 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    pgboy and zhong_sf of Qihoo 360Vulcan Team