Microsoft Windows TCP/IP CVE-2012-0179 Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability



Date Discovered

May 8, 2012


Microsoft Windows is prone to a local privilege-escalation vulnerability that affects the TCP/IP stack component ('tcpip.sys'). An attacker can exploit this issue to gain elevated privileges by executing arbitrary code in the context of another process. Failed exploit attempts may cause a denial-of-service condition.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya Aura Conferencing 6.0 SP1 Standard
  • Avaya Aura Conferencing 6.0 Standard
  • Avaya Aura Conferencing 6.0.0 Standard
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1


Permit local access for trusted individuals only. Where possible, use restricted environments and restricted shells.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker requires local access to an affected computer. Grant local access for trusted and accountable users only.

The vendor released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.



Anatoliy Glagolev of Genesys Telecommunications

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