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Attack: MS Windows Link File CVE-2010-2568

Severity: High

This attack could pose a serious security threat. You should take immediate action to stop any damage or prevent further damage from happening.


This signature will detect attempts to exploit a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Shortcut 'LNK' Files.

Additional Information

Microsoft Windows is prone to a vulnerability that may allow a file to automatically run because the software fails to handle 'LNK' files properly.

Specifically, the issue occurs when loading the icon of a shortcut file. A specially crafted 'LNK' file can cause Windows to automatically execute code that is specified by the shortcut file.

The attacker must entice a victim into viewing a specially crafted shortcut. The shortcut file and the associated binary may be delivered to a user through removable drives, over network shares or remote WebDAV shares. An attacker may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code.

NOTE: This issue is being exploited in the wild as malware W32.Temphid.

This issue affects Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.


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Currently we are not aware of any vendor-supplied patches. If you feel we are in error or if you are aware of more recent information, please mail us at: vuldb@securityfocus.com.
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