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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20130515

Windows Kernel Privilege Elevation Vulnerability

Date Disclosed:

Date Patched:


Affected Software:
Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8

An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists within the Windows kernel. Within win32k!EPATHOBJ::pprFlattenRec, win32k!EPATHOBJ::newpathrec returns a PATHREC object that does not properly initialize the next list pointer. A successful exploit, granting full system privileges, has been publicly released.


Code Execution:
Yes. Elevation of privileges to execute code in the kernel.

Local Elevation of Privilege
Local attackers exploiting this vulnerability will be able to elevate their privileges to the context of the kernel. Attackers will likely leverage this to hide their presence on the compromised system.

No mitigation is currently available.

BeyondTrust's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.

  • 19217 - Windows Kernel Privilege Elevation Vulnerability (Zero-Day)


2013-05-15: Original disclosure
2013-05-20: Information released stating that exploitation is possible
2013-06-03: Public exploit released
2013-07-09: Vendor patch released

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