Researchers from McAfee have observed more than 100 different exploits for a now-patched 19-year-old remote code execution vulnerability in the WinRAR compression tool ever since the path traversal bug was disclosed last month.
One of the more unique exploit attempts to infect unpatched victims with malware using a bootlegged copy of Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" album as a lure, reports Craig Schmugar, principal engineer and senior security research architect at McAfee, in a March 14 company blog post.
"When a vulnerable version of WinRAR is used to extract the contents of this archive, a malicious payload is created in the Startup folder behind the scenes," explains Schmugar. "User Account Control (UAC) does not apply, so no alert is displayed to the user. The next time the system restarts, the malware is run."
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