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Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:04:12 -0400
From: hyp3rlinx <>
Subject: [FD] Trend Micro OfficeScan v11.0 and XG (12.0)* Unauthorized
 Change Prevention Image File Execution Bypass

[+] Credits: John Page (aka hyp3rlinx)	
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[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


v11.0 and XG (12.0)*

OfficeScan protects enterprise networks from malware, network viruses,
web-based threats, spyware, and mixed threat attacks.
An integrated solution, OfficeScan consists of the OfficeScan agent
program that resides at the endpoint and a server program that
manages all agents. The OfficeScan agent guards the endpoint and
reports its security status to the server. The server, through the
web-based management console, makes it easy to set coordinated
security policies and deploy updates to every agent.

Vulnerability Type:
Image File Execution Bypass

CVE Reference:

Security Issue:
OfficeScan XG "Unauthorized Change Prevention Service" is a Local
SYSTEM service that is supposed to protect OfficeScan processes
like "PccNTMon.exe" from being terminated, and also prevents
unauthorized arbitrary registry settings being made to the protected
machine even by an Administrator.

However, we can easily bypass by exploiting Windows Image File
Execution Options (IFEO) to hijack the service process.
IFEO has been used by malwares for some time to prevent process from
running or execute a process of an attackers choosing in
place of the process the user expects.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image
File Execution Options

All an attacker needs to do is create a registry key in IFEO with the
same name as "TMBMSRV.exe" which is used by the
"Trend Micro Unauthorized Change Prevention Service" SYSTEM service.
After creating this registry key we create a "string value"
named debugger pointing to say "calc.exe", we wait and once system reboots BOOM!




1) Open registry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image
File Execution Options

2) Create a new Key with no name

3) Create a new string value under the new key named "debugger" with
value of c:\Windows\system32\calc.exe

4) Rename the created key to TMBMSRV.exe

5) Reboot system


We can then not only Kill TM but write to TrendMicro whitelist key in
the registry for our evil binary to be left alone in peace.

Network Access:


Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: June 28, 2017
Vendor Reply: "Officescan Build 1222 which is affected by this bug was
already pulled and is no longer available for public download"
Vendor Reply: "created hotfixes for product improvement."
September 28, 2017 : Public Disclosure

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