Hello everyone! In today's post, I will be discussing an important vulnerability that has been recently discovered, CVE-2023-29360: Windows TPM Device Driver Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability. The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is of great importance as it is a dedicated hardware component used to enhance the security of a computer system. This device driver vulnerability can be exploited by attackers to gain higher privileges on the system, potentially leading to the compromise of sensitive data.

Exploit Details

CVE-2023-29360 is an elevation of privilege vulnerability that affects the TPM device driver in the Windows operating system. An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in kernel mode, thereby gaining complete control over the affected system.

This vulnerability is caused by a lack of proper input validation in the TPM device driver. An attacker can exploit this flaw by sending specially crafted IOCTL (Input/Output Control) codes through a vulnerable driver to basically gain access to the higher-privileged process.

The following code snippet demonstrates the basic concept of exploiting the vulnerability

#include <windows.h>
#include <tchar.h>

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
    HANDLE hDevice;
    DWORD lpBytesReturned;

    // Open the vulnerable driver
    hDevice = CreateFileW(L"\\\\.\\TPM",
                          GENERIC_READ | GENERIC_WRITE,

    if (hDevice == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE)
        _tprintf(_T("[-] Failed to open TPM device driver (%d)\n"), GetLastError());
        return 1;

    // Craft IOCTL code and buffer for the exploit
    DWORD dwIoControlCode = x00001234; // Replace this with the actual IOCTL code
    BYTE lpInBuffer[1024] = {x00}; // Replace this with the actual payload
    DWORD dwBytesTransferred = ;

    // Perform the exploit by sending the crafted IOCTL code and buffer
    BOOL bResult = DeviceIoControl(hDevice,

    if (!bResult)
        _tprintf(_T("[-] IOCTL request failed (%d)\n"), GetLastError());
        return 1;

    _tprintf(_T("[+] IOCTL request sent successfully\n"));

    // Clean up
    return ;

Original References

The vulnerability was discovered by security researchers and various sources have been published to address and provide more information about this issue. Here are some of the most relevant publications:

- National Vulnerability Database (NVD) - https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2023-29360
- Microsoft Security Advisory - https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2023-29360


To protect your system from this vulnerability, Microsoft has released a security update that fixes the issue. We highly advise you to install the patch, which can be found in the Microsoft Security Advisory mentioned earlier, as soon as possible. Additionally, it is always good practice to keep your systems and software up-to-date, and avoid downloading and running untrusted applications.


The discovery of the CVE-2023-29360 Windows TPM Device Driver Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability highlights the importance of maintaining a secure TPM implementation. As a critical component for enhancing computer security, it is imperative to keep TPM device drivers up-to-date and free from vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. By understanding the nature of this bug and implementing the recommended mitigation steps, we can ensure the continued protection of our valuable data and maintain a higher level of security for our systems.


Published on: 06/14/2023 00:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 06/20/2023 20:05:00 UTC