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Category:   OS (Microsoft)  >   Windows DLL (Any) Vendors:   Microsoft
Windows '.LNK' File Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1041473
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1041473
CVE Reference:   CVE-2018-8345, CVE-2018-8346   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 15 2018
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7 SP1, 2008 R2 SP1, 2008 SP2, 2012, 2012 R2, 8.1, RT 8.1, 2016, 10, 10 Version 1607, 10 Version 1703, 10 Version 1709, 10 Version 1803
Description:   Two vulnerabilities were reported in Windows DLL (Any). A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted '.LNK' file on a drive or remote share that, when the drive or share is opened by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Lucas Leong (@wmliang) (via Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative) reported these vulnerabilities.

Impact:   A remote user can create content that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

The Microsoft advisories are available at:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8345
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8346

Vendor URL:  portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8345 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified

Message History:   None.


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