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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:23:22 -0500
From: hyp3rlinx <>
Subject: [FD] CVE-2019-19697 / Trend Micro Security 2019 (Consumer) /
 Security Bypass Protected Service Tampering

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


Trend Micro Security 2019 (Consumer) Multiple Products

Trend Micro Security provides comprehensive protection for your devices.
This includes protection against ransomware, viruses, malware, spyware, and
identity theft.

[Vulnerability Type]
Security Bypass Protected Service Tampering

[CVE Reference]

[Security Issue]
Trend Micro Maximum Security is vulnerable to arbitrary code execution as
it allows for creation of registry key to target a process running as
This can allow a malware to gain elevated privileges to take over and
shutdown services that require SYSTEM privileges like Trend Micros "Asmp"
service "coreServiceShell.exe" which does not allow Administrators to
tamper with them.

This could allow an attacker or malware to gain elevated privileges and
tamper with protected services by disabling or otherwise preventing them to
Note administrator privileges are required to exploit this vulnerability.

[CVSS 3.0 Scores: 3.9]

[Affected versions]
Platform Microsoft Windows
Premium Security 2019 (v15)
Maximum Security 2019 (v15)
Internet Security 2019 (v15)
Antivirus + Security 2019 (v15)


1) Create a entry for the following registry key targeting "PtWatchdog.exe"
and set the debugger string value to an arbitrary executable to gain SYSTEM
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File
Execution Options\PtWatchdog.exe

2) Create a string named "debugger" under the reg key and give it the value
of the executable you wish to run as SYSTEM.

3) Restart the machine or wait until service is restart then you get SYSTEM
and can now disable Trend Micro endpoint security coreServiceShell.exe

[Network Access]


[Disclosure Timeline]
Vendor Notification: October 8, 2019
Vendor confirms issue: October 28, 2019
Vendor release date: January 14, 2020
January 16, 2020 : Public Disclosure

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