Fortinet Discovers Microsoft Windows Kernel Win32k Privilege Elevation Vulnerability
Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a Privilege Elevation vulnerability in the Windows kernel subsystem component namely win32k.sys.
The Windows kernel subsystem component is a crucial Windows kernel driver that allows user-mode application to communicate with graphics drivers through kernel-mode graphics device interface provided by this component.
The successful exploitation of the vulnerability could allow an attacker to run code with elevated privileges or cause the target system to stop responding.
Users should apply the solution provided by Microsoft.
Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Microsoft on April 18, 2016.
Microsoft patched the vulnerability on August 9, 2016.
This vulnerability was discovered by Wayne Low of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.