[VulnWatch] Medium Risk Vulnerability in PGP Desktop

Peter Winter-Smith of NGSSoftware has discovered a medium risk vulnerability
in PGP Desktop which can allow a remote authenticated attacker to execute
arbitrary code on a system on which PGP Desktop is installed.

The vulnerability resides within the Windows Service which PGP Desktop
installs (which operates under the Local System account), and as such it may
be used by any local or remote user (who must be a member of at least the
Everyone/ANONYMOUS LOGON groups) to run code with escalated privileges. NGS
have not been able to exploit this issue in the context of a NULL session.

The details of this issue are as follows:

PGP Desktop installs a service (PGPServ.exe/PGPsdkServ.exe) which exposes a
named pipe '\pipe\pgpserv' (or '\pipe\pgpsdkserv' for the PGPsdkServ.exe
instance). This pipe is the endpoint for an RPC interface
(uuid:15cd3850-28ca-11ce-a4e8-00aa006116cb) which takes the following

[ uuid(15cd3850-28ca-11ce-a4e8-00aa006116cb),
implicit_handle(handle_t rpc_binding)
] interface pgpsdkserv
error_status_t Function_00(
[in] /* [ignore] void * */ long element_1

typedef struct {
long element_2;
[size_is(element_2)] [unique] byte *element_3;
} TYPE_1;

error_status_t Function_01(
[in] /* [ignore] void * */ long element_4,
[in] [size_is(element_6)] byte element_5[*],
[in] long element_6,
[in] long element_7,
[out] [ref] TYPE_1 *element_8

This interface is used to marshall various objects and information between
PGP clients (PGP.dll/PGPsdk.dll) and the PGP service.

The vulnerability occurs as a result of the fact that the code responsible
for processing the objects which are passed over the interface to the
service does not perform any kind of validation on these objects, and
instead trusts that object data is completely safe in the form that it is
received (i.e., absolute pointers are trusted without validation).

NGS have discovered that if the following object is passed over the
interface as the second parameter to function ordinal 1, an absolute pointer
is trusted and executed - easily facilitating arbitrary code execution
inside of the PGP service process:


structure passed over rpc:
struct {
DWORD **pprgMM; // set as absolute pointer to dwUnknown_1
DWORD dwUnknown_1; // set as absolute pointer to 'rgMM'
DWORD dwCount; // set to value 0
DWORD dwFGUB_signature; // set to value 'FGUB'
DWORD dwUnknown_2; // set to value 'rgMM'
DWORD dwUnknown_3;
DWORD dwUnknown_4;
DWORD dwUnknown_5;
DWORD dwUnknown_6;
PBYTE pbFunction; // set to absolute address of shellcode
// etc...


This issue has been resolved as of PGP Desktop 9.5.1 and NGS recommend that
all users download the updated version from the PGP website:


NGSSoftware Insight Security Research
+44(0)208 401 0070


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