CVE-2018-7716 Detail

Current Description

PrivateVPN 2.0.31 for macOS suffers from a root privilege escalation vulnerability with its com.privat.vpn.helper privileged helper tool. This privileged helper tool implements an XPC service that allows arbitrary installed applications to connect and send messages. The XPC service extracts the config string from the corresponding XPC message. This string is supposed to point to an internal OpenVPN configuration file. If a new connection has not already been established, an attacker can send the XPC service a malicious XPC message with the config string pointing at an OpenVPN configuration file that he or she controls. In the configuration file, an attacker can specify a dynamic library plugin that should run for every new VPN connection. This plugin will execute code in the context of the root user.


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Severity



CVSS 3.x Severity and Metrics:

NIST CVSS score
NIST: NVD
Base Score:  9.8 CRITICAL
Vector:  CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H


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Hyperlink Resource
https://github.com/VerSprite/research/edit/master/advisories/VS-2018-006.md Third Party Advisory 

Weakness Enumeration

CWE-ID CWE Name Source
NVD-CWE-noinfo Insufficient Information cwe source acceptance level NIST  

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Change History

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Quick Info

CVE Dictionary Entry:
CVE-2018-7716
NVD Published Date:
03/05/2018
NVD Last Modified:
05/04/2020
Source:
MITRE