What is privilege escalation?

What is privilege escalation?

  • Everyone is given full rights by default to everything and rights are taken away only when someone abuses privileges.
  • A security problem occurs when high ranking corporate officials demand rights to systems or files that they should not have.
  • Vulnerabilities in systems are exploited to grant higher levels of privilege than someone or some process should have.
  • Someone is given rights because she or he has received a promotion.
    Answers Explanation & Hints:

    With privilege escalation, vulnerabilities are exploited to grant higher levels of privilege. After the privilege is granted, the threat actor can access sensitive information or take control of the system.