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CAPEC-234: Hijacking a privileged process

 
Hijacking a privileged process
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Attack Pattern ID: 234
Abstraction: Standard
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

An attacker gains control of a process that is assigned elevated privileges in order to execute arbitrary code with those privileges. Some processes are assigned elevated privileges on an operating system, usually through association with a particular user, group, or role. If an attacker can hijack this process, they will be able to assume its level of privilege in order to execute their own code. Processes can be hijacked through improper handling of user input (for example, a buffer overflow or certain types of injection attacks) or by utilizing system utilities that support process control that have been inadequately secured.

+ Attack Prerequisites
  • The targeted process or operating system must contain a bug that allows attackers to hijack the targeted process.

+ Typical Severity

Medium

+ Resources Required

No special resources are required.

+ Content History
Submissions
SubmitterOrganizationDateSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team
Modifications
ModifierOrganizationDateCommentsSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2017-01-09Updated Related_Attack_PatternsInternal
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