#VU5246 Security bypass in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge

Published: 2016-09-13 | Updated: 2017-02-14

Vulnerability identifier: #VU5246

Vulnerability risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2016-3353


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Client/Desktop applications / Web browsers
Microsoft Edge
Client/Desktop applications / Web browsers

Vendor: Microsoft

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions on the target system.

The weakness exists due to improper handling of .URL files from the Internet zone. A remot attacker can create a specially crafted .URL file, trick the victim into opening it and bypass security features in the victim's browser.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in security bypass on the target system.

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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft Internet Explorer: 9 - 11

Microsoft Edge:


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