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McAfee Security Bulletin: Application Control update fixes a privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2016-8009)
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10175
Last Modified:  5/17/2017


First Published: 11/22/2016
 Impact of Vulnerability:  Privilege Escalation (CWE-274)
 CVE Numbers:  CVE-2016-8009
 Severity Rating:  Medium
 Base / Overall CVSS v3 Scores:  7.5 / 7.0
 Recommendations:  Apply McAfee Application Control (MAC) 6.2.0 Hotfix 14
 Upgrade to MAC 7.0.1 or later
 Security Bulletin Replacement:  None
 Affected Software:  MAC 7.0.0 and MAC 6.x
 Location of Updated Software:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx

Article contents:


MAC 7.0.0 and MAC 6.x allow an unauthorized use of IOCTL, which may result in a local privilege escalation, DoS, unexpected behavior, or potentially unauthorized code execution.

Privilege escalation vulnerability in Intel Security McAfee Application Control (MAC) 7.0 and 6.x versions allows attackers to cause DoS, unexpected behavior, or potentially unauthorized code execution via an unauthorized use of IOCTL call.
Affected Component:
  • McAfee Application Control


Go to the Product Downloads site and download the applicable product patch/hotfix files:
Product Type Version File Name Release Date
McAfee Application Control 6.2.0 Hotfix 6.2.0–567 SOLIDCOR620-567_WIN.zip November 11, 2016
McAfee Application Control 7.0.1 RTW 7.0.1-275 SOLIDCOR701-275_WIN.zip October 14, 2016

For further details, refer to the following release notes:
  • PD26761 - Change Control and Application Control 6.2.0 Hotfix 14 Release Notes
  • PD26593 - Application Control 7.0.1 Release Notes
Download and Installation Instructions
See KB56057 for instructions on how to download McAfee products, documentation, security updates, patches, and hotfixes. Review the Release Notes and the Installation Guide, which you can download from the Documentation tab, for instructions on how to install these updates.


None. Install the provided patch/hotfix updates.


None. Install the provided patch/hotfix updates.


McAfee credits Maxim Kozhevnikov from Positive Technologies for reporting this flaw.

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What is CVSS?
CVSS, or Common Vulnerability Scoring System, is the result of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s effort to standardize a system of assessing the criticality of a vulnerability. This system offers an unbiased criticality score between 0 and 10 that customers can use to judge how critical a vulnerability is and plan accordingly. For more information, please visit the CVSS website at: http://www.first.org/cvss/.

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What are the CVSS scoring metrics that have been used?
CVE-2016-8009 - Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
 Base Score 7.5
 Attack Vector (AV) Local (L)
 Attack Complexity (AC) High (H)
 Privileges Required (PR) Low (L)
 User Interaction (UI) Required (R)
 Scope (S) Changed (C)
Confidentiality (C) High (H)
Integrity (I) High (H)
Availability (A) High (H)
 Temporal Score (Overall) 7.0
 Exploitability (E) Functional (F)
 Remediation Level (RL) Official Fix (O)
 Report Confidence (RC) Confirmed (C)

NOTE: The below CVSS version 3.0 vector was used to generate this score.

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