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Intel Patches Security Flaws in Processor Diagnostic Tool

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Intel has updated its Processor Diagnostic Tool to address vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution and escalation of privileges.

The Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool (IPDT) is a piece of software designed to verify the functionality of an Intel processor. It can check for brand identification and operating frequency, test specific features, and perform a stress test on the processor.

The recently addressed vulnerabilities (two of which are tracked as CVE-2018-3667 and CVE-2018-3668 were found by Stephan Kanthak and affect the IPDT releases, Intel reveals.

Kanthak says he found a total of four vulnerabilities in the executable installers of Intel’s tool, three of which would lead to arbitrary code execution with escalation of privilege, and a fourth that could lead to denial of service.The security flaws can be exploited in standard Windows installations where a user UAC-protected administrator account that is created during Windows setup is used, without elevation.

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