What Is Privilege Escalation? Definition, Types and Examples

Privilege escalation might be a confusing cybersecurity term for many. That’s why in this article we’re going to shed a little bit more light on this topic. Keep reading to find more about what is privilege escalation, how many types of privilege escalation exist, examples of privilege escalation attacks on Windows and Linux, and also what are the best practices to prevent privilege escalation.

What Is Privilege Escalation?

In cyber-lingo, privilege escalation is a malicious attempt to abuse an app or OS bug or error of configuration at gaining unauthorized access to sensitive information by taking over a user’s account that has the necessary privileges to view or commit modifications to the said information and that wouldn’t be normally accessible to the current user.

By obtaining these types of rights, a malicious actor can perform a series of actions to the operating system or to the server such as running different commands or facilitating the infiltration of malware within the network, that will further trigger business disruption, exposure of sensitive data, or system resources, or even complete system takeover. So shortly, this can be employed through misuses of privileges.

How Privilege Escalation Works

To perform a privilege escalation attack, a threat actor

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