The Network Connection Manager (NCM) provides a controlling mechanism for all network connections managed by a host system. Among the functions of the NCM is to call a handler routine whenever a network connection has been established. By design, this handler routine should run in the security context of the user. However, a flaw could make it possible for an unprivileged user to cause the handler routine to run in the security context of LocalSystem, though a very complex process. An attacker who exploited this flaw could specify code of his or her choice as the handler, then establish a network connection in order to cause that code to be invoked by the NCM. The code would then run with full system privileges.
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