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CyRC Vulnerability Advisory: Local privilege escalation in Kaspersky VPN

Synopsys Editorial Team

Aug 03, 2022 / 1 min read


The Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) team has identified a local privilege escalation vulnerability in Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection for Microsoft Windows.

In the Support Tools part of the application, a regular user can use Delete service data and reports to remove a privileged folder.

Based on this capability, an attacker can leverage Arbitrary Folder Delete to SYSTEM EoP to gain SYSTEM privileges.

Publication of CVE-2022-27535 is expected soon from Kaspersky.

Affected software

Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection (h)


CVSS 3.1 base score: 7.8 (high)

CVSS 3.1 vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H


Upgrade to version 21.6 or later.

Discovery credit

Zeeshan Shaikh (@bugzzzhunter), is a researcher from the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center.


  • March 9, 2022: Initial disclosure
  • March 28, 2022: Kaspersky confirms vulnerability
  • May 31, 2022: Kaspersky confirms fix has been released
  • July 29, 2022: Fix validated by Zeeshan Shaikh
  • August 4, 2022: Advisory published by Synopsys

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