Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool

Sophos has released a Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool that claims to block any attacks trying to exploit the critical unpatched vulnerability in Windows shortcut files.

Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool

Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool

This exploit is a zero-day vulnerability in all versions of Windows and allows a Windows shortcut link to run a malicious DLL file.

Currently, this tool protects only LNK files. PIF file support may be added in a later release.

While Microsoft has suggested a  fix or workaround to address the security issue, this tool blocks this exploit from running on your computer

The Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection tool runs whenever Windows tries to display an icon corresponding to a Windows shortcut. The tool intercepts this request and validates the shortcut. If the shortcut does not contain an exploit, the icon is displayed.

The Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool works on Windows 7, Windows Vista & Windows XP only; and does not work on Windows 2000.

You can download it from Sophos.

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