Microsoft Out-of-Band bulletin addresses LNK/Shortcut vulnerability

Published: 2010-08-02
Last Updated: 2010-08-12 18:43:36 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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As announced on Friday, Microsoft released an out-of-band bulletin to address the recent Shortcut/LNK exploits. As confirmed in Microsoft's announcement, various malware is now attempting to exploit this vulnerability. The vulnerability is rather easy to exploit in particular given the tools available to craft necessary shortcuts.

Clients are the main target but servers are as vulnerable and should be patched as soon as possible. Please report any issues you have with the patch !


# Affected Contra Indications Known Exploits Microsoft rating ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS10-046 Vulnerability in Windows Shell (LNK/Shortcut)
Windows Shell
KB 2286198 actively exploited. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1




Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

Keywords: Microsoft patches
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Securing Windows Internet Kiosk

Published: 2010-08-02
Last Updated: 2010-08-03 13:04:56 UTC
by Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez (Version: 1)
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There are many companies that are using windows kiosk to provide people an alternate way to provide automated customer service. These kiosk are even developed sometimes by the same company.

How to tell if they provide enough security level? When I have had to answer that question, I have found useful iKAT, which is a tool to test how secure is a Kiosk by telling if it can spawn a shell or other programs, crash the browser, navigate to forbidden sites, among many other interesting plugins. You can also find iKAT for Linux.

Please note that the link has some advertising banners which may be deemed not suitable for working envrionments.

-- Manuel Humberto Santander Peláez | | | msantand at isc dot sans dot org

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