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CVE-2020-0601 | Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability

Security Vulnerability

Published: 01/14/2020 | Last Updated : 01/14/2020
MITRE CVE-2020-0601

A spoofing vulnerability exists in the way Windows CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) validates Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) certificates.

An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by using a spoofed code-signing certificate to sign a malicious executable, making it appear the file was from a trusted, legitimate source. The user would have no way of knowing the file was malicious, because the digital signature would appear to be from a trusted provider.

A successful exploit could also allow the attacker to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks and decrypt confidential information on user connections to the affected software.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by ensuring that Windows CryptoAPI completely validates ECC certificates. As reported this is in effect for Windows 10, Server 2016 and Server 2019.

It is highly recommended that you install the latest update released on Tuesday.

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