CAPEC Details
Name Collect Data from Registries
Likelyhood of attack Typical severity
Medium Medium
Summary An adversary exploits a weakness in authorization to gather system-specific data and sensitive information within a registry (e.g., Windows Registry, Mac plist). These contain information about the system configuration, software, operating system, and security. The adversary can leverage information gathered in order to carry out further attacks.
Prerequisites The adversary must have obtained logical access to the system by some means (e.g., via obtained credentials or planting malware on the system). The adversary must have capability to navigate the operating system to peruse the registry.
Solutions Employ a robust and layered defensive posture in order to prevent unauthorized users on your system. Employ robust identification and audit/blocking via using an allowlist of applications on your system. Unnecessary applications, utilities, and configurations will have a presence in the system registry that can be leveraged by an adversary through this attack pattern.
Related Weaknesses
CWE ID Description
CWE-285 Improper Authorization
Related CAPECS
CAPEC ID Description
CAPEC-150 An adversary exploits well-known locations for resources for the purposes of undermining the security of the target. In many, if not most systems, files and resources are organized in a default tree structure. This can be useful for adversaries because they often know where to look for resources or files that are necessary for attacks. Even when the precise location of a targeted resource may not be known, naming conventions may indicate a small area of the target machine's file tree where the resources are typically located. For example, configuration files are normally stored in the /etc director on Unix systems. Adversaries can take advantage of this to commit other types of attacks.
Taxonomy: ATTACK
Entry ID Entry Name
1552.002 Unsecured Credentials:Credentials in Registry