[+] Credits: John Page (aka hyp3rlinx)
[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org
[+] Source: http://hyp3rlinx.altervista.org/advisories/MICROSOFT-WINDOWS-CONTACT-FILE-INSUFFECIENT-UI-WARNING-WEBSITE-LINK-ARBITRARY-CODE-EXECUTION.txt
[+] ISR: ApparitionSec
Microsoft .CONTACT File
A file with the CONTACT file extension is a Windows Contact file. They're used in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
This is the folder where CONTACT files are stored by default: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Contacts\.
Insufficient UI Warning Arbitrary Code Execution
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows.
User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.
The flaw is due to the processing of ".contact" files <c:Url> node param which takes an expected website value, however if an attacker references an
executable file it will run that instead without warning instead of performing expected web navigation. This is dangerous and would be unexpected to an end user.
Executable files can live in a sub-directory so when the ".contact" website link is clicked it traverses directories towards the executable and runs.
Making matters worse is if the the files are compressed then downloaded "mark of the web" (MOTW) may potentially not work as expected with certain archive utilitys.
The ".\" chars allow directory traversal to occur in order to run the attackers supplied executable sitting unseen in the attackers directory.
This advisory is a duplicate issue that currently affects Windows .VCF files, and released for the sake of completeness as it affects Windows .contact files as well.
Rename any executable file extension from ".exe" to ".com" to be like a valid web domain name.
Create a directory to house the executable file
Modify the contact file website link like ---> http.\\www.<executable-name>.com
Contact website link now points at "dir .\ executable" ---> http.\\www.<executable-name>.com
Compress the files using archive utility and place in webserver for download.
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Reported to ZDI 2018-11-30
This exact same vulnerability exists and affects Microsoft Windows .VCF files sharing the same root cause and was publicly disclosed 2019-01-10.
Public disclosure : January 16, 2019
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