Microsoft rushes out patch for critical shortcut flaw

By Jos ยท 14 replies
Aug 2, 2010
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  1. Microsoft has issued an out-of-band patch today to address rising attacks against a critical Windows vulnerability discovered last month. The flaw in question involves the code that processes shortcut files ending in ".lnk" and allows malicious users to embed commands in shortcuts that are executed when the file is run. Making matters worse, every version of Windows is vulnerable and being used to spread a particularly nasty virus dubbed Sality.

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  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    i just installed the new patch for windows 7 64 bit. no problems after reboot
  3. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    Sality is one of the worst virus's you can get in an enterprise/company environment. It is a never ending battle if you have more than 100 computers and older servers. *shutter*
  4. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    Also worked for me, Win 7 64 bit.
  5. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    Maybe I am not seeing it, but where is the link to the XP patch? the most recent one i can find on their site is KB2286198 and I am not sure if that's it.
  6. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    oh but it is. have a read.

    Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2286198)

    Installation date: โ€Ž8/โ€Ž2/โ€Ž2010 1:00 PM

    Installation status: Successful

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified that could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.

    More information:

    Help and Support:
  7. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    ah, so it is. good.
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I've just made sure I've updated too.

    Thanks for the heads up Jos! :D
  9. Just followed the linkage for this back to Microsoft and the file downloaded is ony ~4.5MB not ~7MB as in the article above this the correct patch? It is called Windows6.1-KB2286198-x86.msu .
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    The KB number looks correct to me. :)
  11. Cheers Leeky, will give it a go!
  12. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,959   +217

    Guest, to satisfy your curiosity on the patch filesize ;)

    Windows XP SP3 = 2.9MB
    Windows Server 2003 SP2: 2.9MB
    Windows XP x64 SP2 & Server 2003 x64 SP2 = 11.8MB
    Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium = 13.4MB
    Windows Vista SP1 & SP2 = 4.3MB
    Windows Server 2008 SP1 & SP2 = 4.3MB
    Windows Server 2008 x64 SP1 & SP2 = 6.7MB
    Windows Server 2008 SP1 & SP2 for Itanium = 8.0MB
    Windows Vista x64 SP1 & SP2 = 6.7MB
    Windows 7 = 4.4MB
    Windows 7 x64 = 6.7MB
    Windows Server 2008 R2 = 6.7MB
    Windows Server 2008 R2 = 17.1MB
  13. Lamberty

    Lamberty TS Rookie

    What's really sad is that I work for the State department, and they are hands down A## backwards network setup. When I joined, I found out that they are running mutliple 2000 boxes and didn't have much for front end protection or back end and we got hit by Sality and boy let me tell you about the endless nights we had to try and fix this, definitely not fun. Stupid state politics :)
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    What is it with government/state departments and the requirement to be neck deep in sh## before they'll actually do something proactive! lol.
  15. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    Yeah, I should have mentioned the cited file size was for Windows 7 x64, which I'm currently using. Thanks for the clarification Per :)

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