Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Found in LG Device Manager

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A privilege escalation vulnerability that allows attackers to elevate permissions to SYSTEM has been found in the LG Device Manager application provided by the tech giant for its laptops.

A researcher who uses the online moniker Jackson T. analyzed the tool’s low-level hardware access (LHA) kernel-mode driver, which is associated with the LG Device Manager system service. Specifically, he tested the lha.sys and lha32.sys files shipped with version 1.1.1703.1700.

The security hole, tracked as CVE-2019-8372, allows an attacker who already has non-admin access to the targeted device to abuse the Device Manager app to escalate privileges to SYSTEM.

“This driver is used for Low-level Hardware Access (LHA) and includes IOCTL dispatch functions that can be used to read and write to arbitrary physical memory. When it is loaded, the device created by the driver is accessible to non-administrative users which could allow them to leverage those functions to elevate privileges,” the researcher explained.

According to Jackson, the issue was reported to LG on November 18 and the vendor informed him on February 13 that a patch is being released. The researcher said LG provided him an updated version of the driver for testing roughly one week after he notified the company, and he confirmed that a fix he had proposed was properly implemented.

At the time of writing, there is no mention of the vulnerability on the LG Product Security website.

The researcher has created proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits for both Windows 7 and Windows 10, and published a blog post containing technical details, along with a video showing the exploit in action.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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