Windows Shortcut Following (.LNK)

The software, when opening a file or directory, does not sufficiently handle when the file is a Windows shortcut (.LNK) whose target is outside of the intended control sphere. This could allow an attacker to cause the software to operate on unauthorized files.


Description

The shortcut (file with the .lnk extension) can permit an attacker to read/write a file that they originally did not have permissions to access.

See Also

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This category identifies Software Fault Patterns (SFPs) within the Link in Resource Name Resolution cluster (SFP18).

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