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RE: Re: shell:windows
From: "Larry Seltzer" <larry () larryseltzer com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 11:55:08 -0400

The shell:windows code does work in IE, the only difference being that it displays a
dialogue box when referenced asking if the user wishes to open or save the file.
Combine that with a little social engineering and you've got a potential compromise. 

This behavior is indistinguishable from that of a simple href to the file itself, so
there's no point in bringing in the shell: stuff. If you want to assume a little social
engineering can do anything than a simple href is a vulnerability for any browser. 

Also, when the shell:windows reference is input into IE's address bar field, it
executes the code without a a dialogue box...

Gimme a break. This is not a meaningful problem.

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
larryseltzer () ziffdavis com 

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