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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20130522

Novell Client Arbitrary Code Execution

Date Disclosed:

Date Patched:


Affected Software:
Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows 7 and Windows 8

A vulnerability exists in the kernel driver (nicm.sys) of the Novell Client when it handles IOCTL 0x143B6B. This allows a local attacker to elevate their privileges to grant them the ability to execute code within the context of the kernel.


Code Execution:
Yes. Local code execution in the context of 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.

Apply the updated Novell client module.

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

  • 19231 - Novell Client Arbitrary Code Execution


2013-05-22: Original Disclosure
2013-05-28: Novell security advisory released
2013-06-03: Novell security patch released

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