Remote code execution in Microsoft Windows

Published: 2010-07-16 | Updated: 2017-01-03
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2010-2568
CWE ID CWE-20
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Windows Subscribe
Windows Server
Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Improper input validation

Severity: Critical

CVSSv3: 8.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2010-2568

CWE-ID: CWE-20 - Improper Input Validation

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to an error when parsing icons to .lnk and .pif files within Windows Explorer. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted icon file, trick the victim into clicking on it and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in compromise of vulnerable system.

Note: this vulnerability is being actively exploited.

Mitigation

Install updates from Microsoft website.

Vulnerable software versions

Windows: 7, Vista, XP

Windows Server: 2003, 2008, 2008 R2

CPE External links

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2286198
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms10-046
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/940193

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.