Adobe Photoshop Elements Active File Monitor Service Privilege Escalation (APSB09-17)

High Nessus Plugin ID 42861


An improperly configured Windows service has a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The Adobe Active File Monitor service, installed with Adobe Photoshop Elements, is installed on the remote host. This service is configured improperly by default, allowing unprivileged users to modify its properties. An unprivileged, local attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary commands as SYSTEM.


Apply the workaround referenced in the vendor's advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 42861

File Name: adobe_active_file_monitor_svc_priv_escalation.nbin

Version: $Revision: 1.78 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2009/11/20

Modified: 2018/02/06

Dependencies: 10456

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:W/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SMB/svcs, SMB/transport, SMB/name, SMB/login, SMB/password

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/11/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2009/09/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3489

BID: 36542

OSVDB: 58418

Secunia: 36895

CWE: 16