microsoft windows-server-2008 CVE-2010-2568 vulnerability in Microsoft Products
Published on July 22, 2010

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Windows Shell in Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Server 2003 SP2, Vista SP1 and SP2, Server 2008 SP2 and R2, and Windows 7 allows local users or remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted (1) .LNK or (2) .PIF shortcut file, which is not properly handled during icon display in Windows Explorer, as demonstrated in the wild in July 2010, and originally reported for malware that leverages CVE-2010-2772 in Siemens WinCC SCADA systems.

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Known Exploited Vulnerability

This Microsoft Windows Remote Code Execution Vulnerability is part of CISA's list of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities. Microsoft Windows incorrectly parses shortcuts in such a way that malicious code may be executed when the operating system displays the icon of a malicious shortcut file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute code as the logged-on user.

The following remediation steps are recommended / required by October 6, 2022: Apply updates per vendor instructions.

Vulnerability Analysis

CVE-2010-2568 is exploitable with local system access, requires user interaction. This vulnerability is considered to have a low attack complexity. It has an exploitability score of 1.8 out of four. The potential impact of an exploit of this vulnerability is considered to be very high.

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