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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 20:55:35 -0500
From: hyp3rlinx <>
Subject: [FD] CVE-2019-18915 HP System Event Utility / Privilege Escalation

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


HP System Event Utility

The genuine HPMSGSVC.exe file is a software component of HP System Event
Utility by HP Inc.
HP System Event Utility enables the functioning of special function keys on
select HP devices.

[Vulnerability Type]
Local Privilege Escalation

[CVE Reference]

[Security Issue]
The HP System Event service "HPMSGSVC.exe" will load an arbitrary EXE and
execute it with SYSTEM integrity.
HPMSGSVC.exe runs a background process that delivers push notifications.

The problem is that HP Message Service will load and execute any arbitrary
executable named "Program.exe"
if found in the users c:\ drive.

Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP System Event\SmrtAdptr.exe

Two Handles are inherit, properties are Write/Read
Name: \Device\ConDrv

This results in arbitrary code execution persistence mechanism if an
attacker can place an EXE in this location
and can be used to escalate privileges from Admin to SYSTEM.

HP has/is released/releasing a mitigation:


[Network Access]

[Disclosure Timeline]
Vendor Notification:  October 7, 2019
HP PSRT "product team will address the issue in next release" : January 13,
HP advisory and mitigation release : February 10, 2020
February 11, 2020 : Public Disclosure

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