CVE-2022-29072 Detection: Flaw in 7-Zip Grants Hackers Excessive Permissions


The 7-Zip file archiver versions of 21.07 have a serious security weak point. 7-Zip is one of the most in-demand tools to compress and package files with a wide array of supported formats including 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, and TAR.

The vulnerability tracked as CVE-2022-29072 grants adversaries elevated access and command execution when a file with the .7z extension is moved to the Help > Contents area.

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Possible 7-Zip CVE-2022-29072 Exploitation (via process_creation)

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CVE-2022-29072 Analysis & Mitigation

A privilege escalation vulnerability in probably the most widely used file compression tool leaves the doors wide open for threat actors. The zero-day referred to as CVE-2022-29072 springs from misconfiguration of 7z.dll and heap overflow. The flawed current Windows version 21.07 grants hackers unauthorized access to breached systems when a file with the .7z extension is placed within the Help > Contents area. The command spawns a child process under the 7zFM.exe process.

The vulnerability has been exploited since April 12th, 2022, and currently, there are no patches available to fix the bug. On the bright side, it is enough to delete the 7-zip.chm file in the 7-Zip installation directory to remedy this issue. After this simple procedure, cybercrooks can no longer leverage the CVE-2022-29072 flaw.

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