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Microsoft Windows Shortcut 'LNK/PIF' Files Automatic File Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

July 15, 2010

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a vulnerability that may allow a file to automatically run because the software fails to properly handle 'LNK' files or 'PIF' files. An attacker may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code. The attacker must entice a victim to view a specially crafted shortcut. NOTE: This issue is being exploited in the wild with W32.Stuxnet (previously known as W32.Temphid). This issue affects Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya Aura Conferencing 6.0 Standard
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Client Registration Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Recording Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Streaming Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Web Conferencing Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Webportal
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server 4
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server 5
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 1.1
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 2.0
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 3.0
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition X64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista December CTP SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista December CTP SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • 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 Embedded
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP2 Feature Pack 2007
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded Update Rollup 1.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP Gold
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP3

Recommendations

Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.

If global access isn't needed, filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of successful exploits

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.

Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

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

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never visit sites of questionable integrity or follow links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

When possible, limit the privileges granted to users to the least amount required.

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, limit user privileges to the least amount possible. This can reduce the likelihood of privileged functions being executed.

Review and adjust according to policy any default configuration settings.

SEP's AppControl can be used to block '.lnk' files. Disable the icon handler in the registry mapped to '.lnk' files.

Limit access to sensitive data and removable media.

Users should exercise caution when attaching media provided by an unknown or untrusted source.
Vendor updates are available. Please see the referenced advisory for more information.

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