Beware! Elevated Privileges Vulnerability Found in IBM QRadar WinCollect Agent

CVECVE-2023-26278
CVSScvssV3_1: 8.2
SourceCVE-2023-26278

IBM has disclosed a vulnerability in IBM QRadar WinCollect Agent versions 10.0 through 10.1.3 that could allow a local authenticated attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system.

IBM QRadar is a security intelligence platform used for security information and event management (SIEM), user behavior analytics (UBA) and security orchestration. The WinCollect Agent is used for collecting security event logs and other system data from Windows servers and sending it to the QRadar console for analysis.

The vulnerability lies in insufficient input validation of the WinCollect Agent which could allow a local authenticated attacker to execute commands with elevated SYSTEM privileges on the target system. An attacker who has valid login credentials to the system could exploit this vulnerability to gain full control of the targeted server.

If you have IBM QRadar WinCollect Agent installed on any of your Windows servers, you should immediately update to version 10.1.4 or later released by IBM to patch this vulnerability. You should also closely monitor and review logs for any unauthorized access attempts. Enabling multi-factor authentication can make exploitation more difficult. Staying on top of software updates is critical for security.

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