CAPEC Details
Name Hijacking a privileged process
Likelyhood of attack Typical severity
Medium Medium
Summary An attacker gains control of a process that is assigned elevated privileges in order to execute arbitrary code with those privileges. Some processes are assigned elevated privileges on an operating system, usually through association with a particular user, group, or role. If an attacker can hijack this process, they will be able to assume its level of privilege in order to execute their own code. Processes can be hijacked through improper handling of user input (for example, a buffer overflow or certain types of injection attacks) or by utilizing system utilities that support process control that have been inadequately secured.
Prerequisites The targeted process or operating system must contain a bug that allows attackers to hijack the targeted process.
Related Weaknesses
CWE ID Description
CWE-648 Incorrect Use of Privileged APIs
CWE-732 Incorrect Permission Assignment for Critical Resource
Related CAPECS
CAPEC ID Description
CAPEC-233 An adversary exploits a weakness enabling them to elevate their privilege and perform an action that they are not supposed to be authorized to perform.
Taxonomy: ATTACK
Entry ID Entry Name
1574.005 Hijack Execution Flow:Executable Installer File Permissions Weakness