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Anatomy of a Hacker Attack

Phase 4 - Elevating Privileges

Normally, important information is protected so that only certain users can access it. For the hacker, this is usually not much of a problem. If he can execute code on the target system, there are a number of known security holes that can be exploited to elevate privileges, i.e. gain access to an administrative account. These range from bugs in operating system components to being able to replace system files or tricking the system into executing the wrong files. It is very unlikely that all of these holes are plugged on an individual system.

 

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