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Microsoft has posted an advisory that explains the “DLL preloading attacks” and offers a work-around tool that “allows customers to disable the loading of libraries from remote network or WebDAV shares. This tool can be configured to disallow insecure loading on a per-application or a global system basis.”

When an application loads a .dll file, but doesn’t name a full path name,Windows searches a pre-defined set of directories for it. Exploiting this, an intruder could social engineer a victim into loading a malicious .dll from a USB drive or from a network and execute arbitrary code.

Advisory here: Insecure Library Loading Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Tom Kelchner