SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20220427-0 >  
title: Privilege Escalation  
product: Miele Benchmark Programming Tool  
vulnerable version: at least 1.1.49 and 1.2.71  
fixed version: 1.2.72  
CVE number: CVE-2022-22521  
impact: Medium  
found: 2022-01-24  
by: J. Kruchem (Office Vienna)  
W. Schober (Office Vienna)  
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab  
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Vendor description:  
"There are many good reasons for choosing Miele. Since the company's founding in  
1899, Miele has remained true to its "Immer Besser" brand promise. This means  
that we will do all that we can to be "Immer Besser" (forever better) than our  
competitors and "Immer Besser" (forever better) than we already are. For our  
customers, this means the peace of mind of knowing that choosing Miele is a  
good decision โ€“ and probably the decision of a lifetime."  
Business recommendation:  
The vendor provides a patched version which should be installed immediately.  
An in-depth security analysis performed by security professionals is highly advised,  
as the software may be affected from further security issues.  
Vulnerability overview/description:  
1) Privilege Escalation (CVE-2022-22521)  
The path where the Miele Benchmark Programming Tool is installed is writable  
for any user on the Windows operation system. This allows replacing the Uninstall  
binary and thus an attacker gaining local admin privileges if uninstalled.  
Proof of concept:  
1) Privilege Escalation (CVE-2022-22521)  
The Uninstall string can be found in the following registry entry:  
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{<UUID of Miele Benchmark Programming>}  
The UninstallString field has the following value:  
"C:\MIELE_SERVICE\Miele Benchmark Programming Tool\Uninstall Miele Benchmark Programming Tool.exe" /allusers  
For exploitation, replace the "Uninstall Miele Benchmark Programming Tool.exe"  
with a malicious binary and uninstall via Software Center or call the admin  
and let them uninstall the Miele Benchmark Programming Tool.  
Vulnerable / tested versions:  
The following versions have been tested, which were the latest versions available  
during the time of the test:  
* 1.1.49  
* 1.2.71  
Other (lower) software versions may be affected as well.  
Vendor contact timeline:  
2022-03-21: Contacting vendor through  
2022-03-22: Vendor answered that they will check the provided information  
2022-04-07: Vendor confirmed the vulnerability and answered with aim to fix it asap  
2022-04-11: Vendor sent their advisory (including CVE) and fixed version  
2022-04-27: Coordinated release of advisory.  
The vendor provides a patched version v1.2.72 which can be downloaded here:  
Adapt permissions of the C:\MIELE_SERVICE directory according to the least privilege  
Advisory URL:  
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EOF J. Kruchem / @2022