TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Microsoft Windows .URL File Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-16-506: September 16th, 2016


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

An attacker can craft a malicious file with a .URL extension. If the victim opens the .URL file, the attacker can execute arbitrary code on the victim's machine under the context of the user.

Vendor Response

Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2016-02-08 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2016-09-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Eduardo Braun Prado