Check Point Software Patches Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Check Point Software patched a vulnerability discovered in its Endpoint Security Initial Client software for Windows allowing potential attackers to escalate privileges and execute code using SYSTEM privileges.

The privilege escalation security flaw tracked as CVE-2019-8461 makes it possible for attackers to run malicious payloads using system-level privileges as well as evade anti-malware detection by bypassing application whitelisting, a technique commonly used to prevent the execution of either unknown or potentially malicious apps, Bleeping Computer reported.