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Microsoft Windows Malicious Shortcut Handling Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

October 11, 2005

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote code execution vulnerability when handling a malicious shortcut (.lnk) file. An attacker can exploit this issue by crafting a malicious file and placing it on a Web site or sending it to a user through email followed by enticing them to open it and view the file's properties. This issue also poses a local threat as a local unprivileged attacker could exploit this issue without user interaction to gain elevated privileges. This vulnerability can facilitate arbitrary code execution with SYSTEM privileges. This BID is related to the issue described in BID 15070 (Microsoft Windows Malicious Shortcut Handling Remote Code Execution Variant Vulnerability).

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R10
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R11
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R12
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R6
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R7
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R8
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R9
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R10
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R11
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R12
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R6
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R7
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R8
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R9
  • Avaya S3400 Message Application Server
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R10
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R11
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R12
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R6
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R7
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R8
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R9
  • Avaya Unified Communication Center
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager 2.5.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager 7.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager 8.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Element Manager 2.5.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Element Manager 7.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Element Manager 8.0.0

Recommendations

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.

Users should avoid accepting or opening unexpected files, especially if they arrive in email from an untrusted or unfamiliar source.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Users should avoid visiting Web sites of questionable integrity or following links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Code execution vulnerabilities often result from memory corruption errors. As a precaution memory protection schemes such as non-executable stack/heap configuration and randomly mapped memory segments should be deployed to complicate exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities.
Microsoft has released fixes to address this vulnerability in supported platforms. Avaya has released advisory ASA-2005-214 to state which Avaya products are affected by The October 2005 release of Microsoft Windows security updates. Please see the referenced advisory for further information. Nortel Networks has released a technical support bulletin (2005006318) regarding this and other issues for their Centrex IP Client Manager (CICM). They report the vulnerabilities will be fixed in the upcoming 2.5, 7.0 and 8.0 maintenance releases. Please see the referenced bulletin for further information.

Credits

Discovery is credited to Cesar Cerudo of Argeniss.
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