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Windows 7: Fix it Released for Security Advisory 2286198

23 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I implemented the MS fix and verified the REG entries. It does NOT effect your current desktop or taskbar icons. It will however blank any NEW shortcut icons that are added to the desktop or taskbar. Here is a snip from my desktop with existing CCleaner shortcut (it did not change) and new CCleaner shortcut (new one now blank)

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In the start menu under all programs, ALL the icons are now blank.
Not a big deal unless you are making lots of changes to the desktop or taskbar.

I will leave it SAFE for now and see when the fix comes out.

Jim



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24 Jul 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I applied the fix but opted to re-enable the icons because it was too difficult to navigate my taskbars.
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24 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I implemented the MS fix and verified the REG entries. It does NOT effect your current desktop or taskbar icons. It will however blank any NEW shortcut icons that are added to the desktop or taskbar. Here is a snip from my desktop with existing CCleaner shortcut (it did not change) and new CCleaner shortcut (new one now blank)

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In the start menu under all programs, ALL the icons are now blank.
Not a big deal unless you are making lots of changes to the desktop or taskbar.

I will leave it SAFE for now and see when the fix comes out.

Jim
Can the attack utilize current shortcuts that are still usable on your desktop?
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24 Jul 2010   #14

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I think it just get exploited when a new shortcut icon is created and the fix turns off some of that process. I have to trust MS that this temp fix will stop the exploit.

Reminds me of the story where a guy is walking down the street snapping his fingers. Another guy asks him what he is doing. First guy said it keeps the elephants away. Second guy says, there are no elephants around here. First guy replies, its works pretty good.

I have not been exploited since I did the fix, so it works pretty good.

Jim
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24 Jul 2010   #15

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

This exploit is picking up in the wild.

Unpatched shortcut vuln exploited by mainstream malware • The Register

Might be wise to do the temp fix.

Jim
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26 Jul 2010   #16

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I think it just get exploited when a new shortcut icon is created and the fix turns off some of that process. I have to trust MS that this temp fix will stop the exploit.
I can't help but think of how it could be modified to effect older .lnks. Hopefully a full patch is coming soon.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Reminds me of the story where a guy is walking down the street snapping his fingers. Another guy asks him what he is doing. First guy said it keeps the elephants away. Second guy says, there are no elephants around here. First guy replies, its works pretty good.
That's great. Thanks for sharing.
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27 Jul 2010   #17

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
The .LNK or icon security problem

Good People,
I never considered this problem to be too serious for most people, but after reading the following then fear has been struck in my heart.

Windows Security Vulnerability You Should Know About
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02 Aug 2010   #18

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

MS has released the final fix though Windows Update.
Listed as KB2286198. I updated just a while ago. To be safe I would back out any of the other temp fixes before doing this one.

Jim


Here:
Microsoft to release fix for Windows Shortcut flaw on Monday
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