CVSS Score of 10 (low)


Published Nov 28, 2023
Updated: Dec 2, 2023


The vulnerability named CVE-2023-30585 affects the Node.js (.msi version) installation process on Windows. It occurs during the repair operation when the "msiexec.exe" process, running under NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM context, tries to read the %USERPROFILE% environment variable from the user's registry. The issue arises when the referenced path by %USERPROFILE% does not exist, leading to unsafe creation of arbitrary folders in arbitrary locations. This vulnerability is particularly concerning because unprivileged users can modify the %USERPROFILE% environment variable in the Windows registry, allowing malicious actors or trojans to deceive security measures. The severity of this vulnerability is rated as high, with a CVSS base score of 7.5, indicating a potential impact on system integrity.


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