Microsoft Windows Unquoted Service Path Enumeration

high Nessus Plugin ID 63155
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The remote Windows host has at least one service installed that uses an unquoted service path.


The remote Windows host has at least one service installed that uses an unquoted service path, which contains at least one whitespace. A local attacker can gain elevated privileges by inserting an executable file in the path of the affected service.

Note that this is a generic test that will flag any application affected by the described vulnerability.


Ensure that any services that contain a space in the path enclose the path in quotes.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 63155

File Name: smb_enum_unquoted_service_paths.nasl

Version: 1.22

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 12/5/2012

Updated: 6/12/2020

Dependencies: smb_enum_services_params.nasl, symantec_encryption_desktop_sym13-010.nasl, symantec_enterprise_security_manager_sym12-020.nasl, symantec_wsa_sym15-004.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.4

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SMB/Services/Enumerated

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/15/2012

Exploitable With

Metasploit (Windows Service Trusted Path Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1609, CVE-2014-0759, CVE-2014-5455

BID: 58591, 58617, 65873, 68520

ICSA: 14-058-01

EDB-ID: 34037