The privilege escalation poll

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Gullible Jones, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. Have you ever seen a client-side attack attack on a desktop (e.g. drive-by install) invoke a privilege escalation vulnerability? i.e. seen admin access gained when the attack was on a limited account?

    If so:
    - Was a payload involved?
    - Was the system up to date?
    - Were you doing something generally considered risky when the attack occurred?

    Edit: Sorry, forgot to make this a poll. D'oh!
  2. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    May 11, 2011
    Never on my system. But many times, yes. I've seen basic stuff like bypassing UAC when Windows 7 had just come out. There was an Adobe sandbox bypass being used actively in the wild not long ago.

    That's it though. I don't do computer cleanup stuff anymore, so I don't see much malware in the real world as a consequence. I obviously don't get infected either, as I take considerable steps to make that difficult.
  3. I'll admit I've never seen a privilege escalation attack. Actually the only times my systems have been compromised (that I know of) involved running as admin.
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