Microsoft Windows NT/2000 debugging subsystem allows attacker to create duplicate handles

win-debug-duplicate-handles (8462) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


The debugging subsystem in Microsoft Windows could allow a local attacker to bypass the authentication mechanism and create duplicate handles to any process or thread on the system. An attacker can use this vulnerability to execute a malicious program on the system with elevated privileges.


Gain Privileges


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-024. See References.


Platforms Affected:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0


Mar 14, 2002

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