Current Description

Windows NT searches a user's home directory (%systemroot% by default) before other directories to find critical programs such as NDDEAGNT.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE, USERINIT.EXE or TASKMGR.EXE, which could allow local users to bypass access restrictions or gain privileges by placing a Trojan horse program into the root directory, which is writable by default.

Basic Data

PublishedJune 28, 1999
Last ModifiedOctober 26, 2017
Data TypeCVE
Data FormatMITRE
Data Version4.0
Problem TypeNVD-CWE-Other
CVE Data Version4.0

Base Metric V2

CVSS 2 - Version2.0
CVSS 2 - Vector StringAV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
CVSS 2 - Access VectorLOCAL
CVSS 2 - Access ComplexityLOW
CVSS 2 - AuthenticationNONE
CVSS 2 - Confidentiality ImpactCOMPLETE
CVSS 2 - Availability ImpactCOMPLETE
CVSS 2 - Base Score7.2
Exploitability Score3.9
Impact Score10.0
Obtain All Privilegetrue
Obtain User Privilegefalse
Obtain Other Privilegefalse

Base Metric V3

No data provided.


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    Cpe VersionPartVendorProductVersionUpdateEditionLanguageSW EditionTarget SWTarget HWOtherVersion Start IncludingVersion End IncludingVersion Start ExcludingVersion End Excluding
    2.3OSMicrosoftWindows Nt********

Vulnerable Software List

Microsoft Windows Nt *


19990628 NT runs Explorer.exe, Taskmgr.exe etc. from wrong location
19990630 Update: NT runs explorer.exe, etc...