Reproducible SystemSettingsBroker stack overflow error!

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Reproducible SystemSettingsBroker stack overflow error!

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Repro steps:

Have a display enhancement - enabled monitor, like a laptop.

sc start DisplayEnhancementService

Click brightness control in action center (notifications button in boom right corner)

Change your brightness.

sc stop DisplayEnhancementService

sc disable DisplayEnhancementService

(both required due to design flaw, disable alone fails to stop it first.)

Change your brightness.

Observe crash in sys UI:

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SystemSettingsBroker.exe - System Error

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The system detected an overrun of a stack-based buffer in this application. This overrun could potentially allow a malicious user to gain control of this application.

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OK

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Re: Reproducible SystemSettingsBroker stack overflow error!

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For now I recommend disabling Display Enhancement Service

"A service for managing display enhancement such as brightness control."

Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p

It has no dependencies.

Hotkey-based brightness control seems to work fine without it. A reboot will even remove the vulnerability. (Above can no longer be reproduced.)
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Re: Reproducible SystemSettingsBroker stack overflow error!

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Reported here: answers.microsoft.com/reproducible-systemsettingsbroker-stack-overflow under 583aba80-6938-4126-953d-4eedb663c8db
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