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Microsoft Windows Win32k Elevation of Privilege (CVE-2021-1698)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2021-0028
Date Published: 9 Feb 2021
Severity: High
Last Updated: Tuesday 09 February, 2021
Source: Microsoft CVE-2021-1698
Industry Reference:CVE-2021-1698
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75

Who is Vulnerable? Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 20H2 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 20H2 for ARM64-based Systems
Windows Server, version 20H2 (Server Core Installation)
Windows 10 Version 1803 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1803 for ARM64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1809 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1809 for ARM64-based Systems
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 (Server Core installation)
Windows 10 Version 1909 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 1909 for ARM64-based Systems
Windows Server, version 1909 (Server Core installation)
Windows 10 Version 2004 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 10 Version 2004 for ARM64-based Systems
Windows 10 Version 2004 for x64-based Systems
Windows Server, version 2004 (Server Core installation)
Vulnerability Description An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Microsoft Windows. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.

Protection Overview

This protection detects attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R81 / R80 / R77 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Windows Win32k Elevation of Privilege (CVE-2021-1698) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Content Protection Violation.
Attack Information:  Microsoft Windows Win32k Elevation of Privilege (CVE-2021-1698)

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