[Esa-l] Double clicking on innocent looking files may be dangerous (fwd)

John D. Hardin jhardin at wolfenet.com
Thu Apr 19 16:24:06 PDT 2001

Also http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/vbs.postcard@mm.html

Sigh. It looks like 1.130 will be out sooner than I had expected.

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 1024: 0xB8732E79 - 2D8C 34F4 6411 F507 136C  AF76 D822 E6E6 B873 2E79
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                                     No Mercy for the Middle Class_
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 17:23:51 +0300
From: Georgi Guninski <guninski at GUNINSKI.COM>
Subject: Double clicking on innocent looking files may be dangerous

Georgi Guninski security advisory #42, 2001

Double clicking on innocent looking files may be dangerous

Systems affected:
Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer - Windows 98, 2000 - when browsing
directories or shares

Risk: High
Date: 16 April 2001

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By double clicking from Window Explorer or Internet Explorer on
filenames with innocent
extensions the user may be tricked to execute arbitrary programs.

If the file extension is certain CLSID e.g.:
then Windows explorer and IE do not show the CLSID and only the .txt
while the above file is in fact .hta file.
Some exploit scenarios include leaving such malicous files on shared
resources or
sending them in archive by email.

Workaround: Do not doubleclick from Windows Explorer or Internet


Vendor status:
Microsoft was informed on 11 April 2001

Georgi Guninski

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