Windows Vulnerability Could Crack DC Server Credentials Open

Nathan Eddy Contributing Writer, Dark Reading August 16, 2022
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The security flaw tracked as CVE-2022-30216 could allow attackers to perform server spoofing or trigger authentication coercion on the victim.

Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the remote procedure calls (RPC) for the Windows Server service, which could allow an attacker to gain control over the domain controller (DC) in a specific network configuration and execute remote code.

Malicious actors could also exploit the vulnerability to modify a server’s certificate mapping to perform server spoofing.

Vulnerability CVE-2022-30216, which exists in unpatched Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 machines, was addressed in July’s Patch Tuesday, but a report from Akamai researcher Ben Barnes, who discovered the vulnerability, offers technical details on the bug.

The full attack flow provides full control over the DC, its services, and data.
Proof of Concept Exploit for Remote Code Execution

The vulnerability was found in SMB over QUIC, a transport-layer network protocol, which enables communication with the server. It allows connections to network resources such as files, shares, and printers. Credentials are also exposed based on belief that the receiving system can be trusted.

The bug could allow a malicious actor authenticated as a domain user to replace files on the SMB server and serve them to connecting clients, according to Akamai. In a proof of concept, researchers exploited the bug to steal credentials via authentication coercion.
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