CVE-2020-0601 – Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability

CVE-2020-0601 – Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability

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

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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.

If you are using Windows 10, Window Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019, make sure that you install recently released Windows updates as soon as possible.

You can read more about the exploit (and patches mitigating it), here:

The NSA has made a post here regarding this exploit:

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