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Safend Data Protection Agent (SDPAgent) Privilege Escalation via WRITE_DAC privileges


The Safend Data Protection Agent is vulnerable to a privilege elevation vulnerability in the SDPAgent Windows service file.

  • CVE number: CVE-2012-4760
  • Impact: Medium
  • Vendor homepage:
  • Vendor notified: 11/09/2012
  • Vendor response (updated 4/12/2012): WRITE_DAC access: despite the fact that indeed the permission allows such change we enforce even more powerful protection on both SDPAgent.exe and SDBAgent.exe and prevent any attempt to modify (as part of all versions) or even rename such file (as part of latest version you did not test) so the vulnerability is not exploitable.
  • Credit: Joseph Sheridan of ReactionIS

Affected Products

Safend Data (Client software) 3.4.5586.9772. Other versions may also be affected.


The SDPagent service has 'WRITE_DAC' privileges set for all local users. The WRITE_DAC privilege would allow a local user to rewrite the acl and give himself full control of the file which could then be trojaned to gain full local admin privileges. The following is the output from the cacls command:

C:\Program Files\Safend\Data Protection Agent\SDPAgent.exe BUILTIN\Users:(special access:)



An attacker may be able to elevate privileges to local administrator level.


This issue will be fixed in the next release.

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