Windows Shortcut Following (.LNK)

The product, when opening a file or directory, does not sufficiently handle when the file is a Windows shortcut (.LNK) whose target is outside of the intended control sphere. This could allow an attacker to cause the product to operate on unauthorized files.


The shortcut (file with the .lnk extension) can permit an attacker to read/write a file that they originally did not have permissions to access.

See Also

Comprehensive Categorization: File Handling

Weaknesses in this category are related to file handling.

SFP Secondary Cluster: Link in Resource Name Resolution

This category identifies Software Fault Patterns (SFPs) within the Link in Resource Name Resolution cluster (SFP18).

CERT C++ Secure Coding Section 09 - Input Output (FIO)

Weaknesses in this category are related to rules in the Input Output (FIO) section of the CERT C++ Secure Coding Standard. Since not all rules map to specific weakness...

Comprehensive CWE Dictionary

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