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Process Privilege Escalation

What is Process Privilege Escalation?

Process Privilege Escalation is an exploit technique that involves a hacker gaining elevated access to resources and administrative authority by enhancing their privileges. There are two common types of privilege escalation: vertical and horizontal. Vertical privilege escalation involves a user accessing files or functions that are normally associated with accounts that have higher privileges. Horizontal privilege escalation allows users to access resources in other accounts with similar privilege levels as they have.

How to Recognize This Threat: Any network with several users can be vulnerable to this type of attack.

How to Prevent This Threat: Limit privileges only to users who need them. The fewer users who have administrative privileges, the tougher it is for hackers to successfully gain top access through this attack. The experts at Firewalls.com can help you prioritize user access privileges with Access Control through Custom Security Solutions.