Zero-day vulnerability in Windows

Privilege escalation

Attackers used USB to infect computers with the malware at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Iran.
The .LNK vulnerability was also exploited by the Equation Group, uncovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab.

Known malware:


Vulnerability details

Advisory: SB2015081101 - Privilege escalation in Microsoft Windows

Vulnerable component: Windows

CVE-ID: CVE-2015-1769

CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

CWE-ID: CWE-59 - Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')


The vulnerability allows a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper processing of symbolic links by Mount Manager. By inserting a specially crafted USB device into the system, an attacker can create arbitrary files and execute malicious code with SYSTEM privileges.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.