Fortinet Discovers G Data Elevation of Privileges Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered an Arbitrary File Write vulnerability in G Data.

G Data is an award-winning Anti-Virus software which uses multiple scanning engines.

An Arbitrary File Write vulnerability has been discovered in G Data by FortiGuard Labs. This vulnerability exists in its file restore mechanism because the vulnerable application fails to verify if the target file is a symbolic link. It could allow malicious users to overwrite any existing file with a malicious one. It's possible to exploit it to achieve elevation of privileges.


Users should apply the solution provided by G Data.

Additional Information

The issue is fixed in G Data


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to G Data on August 24, 2020.

G Data confirmed the vulnerability on September 3, 2020.

G Data patched the vulnerability on November 2, 2020.


This vulnerability was discovered by Ben Hunter of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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