PT-2016-36: Privilege Escalation in McAfee Application Control

Vulnerable software

McAfee Application Control
Version: 7.0.0 and 6.x


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Privilege Escalation, Denial of Service, Arbitrary Code Execution
Access Vector: Local

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 7.5
Vector: (AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVE: CVE-2016-8009

Software description

McAfee Application Control provides fast, flexible and scalable protection against zero-day and advanced persistent threats

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Privilege Escalation vulnerability in McAfee Application Control.

Vulnerability in McAfee Application Control allows attackers elevate privileges, cause a denial of service, or potentially execute arbitrary code via unauthorized use of IOCTL.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

02.09.2016 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
01.12.2016 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
16.12.2016 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Maxim Kozhevnikov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is a leading provider of vulnerability assessment, compliance management and threat analysis solutions to more than 1,000 global enterprise clients. Our solutions work seamlessly across your entire business: securing applications in development; assessing your network and application vulnerabilities; assuring compliance with regulatory requirements; and blocking real-time attacks. Our commitment to clients and research has earned Positive Technologies a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on SCADA, Banking, Telecom, Web Application and ERP security, and distinction as the #1 fastest growing Security and Vulnerability Management firm in 2012, as shown in an IDC report*. To learn more about Positive Technologies please visit

*Source: IDC Worldwide Security and Vulnerability Management 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares, doc #242465, August 2013. Based on year-over-year revenue growth in 2012 for vendors with revenues of $20M+