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Microsoft Windows Shell LNK Code Execution

This module exploits a vulnerability in the MS10-046 patch to abuse (again) the handling of Windows Shortcut files (.LNK) that contain an icon resource pointing to a malicious DLL. This module creates the required files to exploit the vulnerability. They must be uploaded to an UNC path accessible by the target. This module has been tested successfully on Windows 2003 SP2 with MS10-046 installed and Windows 2008 SP2 (32 bits) with MS14-027 installed.

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Module Name



  • Michael Heerklotz
  • juan vazquez <juan.vazquez [at]>



  • Automatic


  • windows



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/windows/fileformat/ms15_020_shortcut_icon_dllloader msf exploit(ms15_020_shortcut_icon_dllloader) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(ms15_020_shortcut_icon_dllloader) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(ms15_020_shortcut_icon_dllloader) > show options and set options... msf exploit(ms15_020_shortcut_icon_dllloader) > exploit

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