Most Windows versions are at risk of remote, unprivileged attackers abusing RDP from the inside to hijack smart cards and get unauthorized file system access.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) pipes have a security bug that could allow any standard, unprivileged Joe-Schmoe user to access other connected users’ machines. If exploited, it could lead to data-privacy issues, lateral movement and privilege escalation, researchers warned.
Insider attackers could, for instance, view and modify other people’s clipboard data, or impersonate other logged-in users using smart cards.
The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-21893, wasn’t ballyhooed amid yesterday’s crowded mega-dump of Patch Tuesday security updates, but it’s more than worthy of scrutiny, according to a Tuesday report from CyberArk, which discovered the bug lurking in Windows Remote Desktop Services.
What’s more, it’s a widespread issue. The bug dates back at least to Windows Server 2012 R2, CyberArk software architect and security champion Gabriel Sztejnworcel wrote, leading the firm to conclude that the latest versions of Windows – including client and server editions – are affected.
“We can say that the majority of Windows versions in use today are affected,” he confirmed.
It’s also easy to exploit. Microsoft said that an exploit of