Windows 10’s defences are pretty robust these days, so of course folk are trying to break them

White and black hats tinker with XML .SettingContent-ms files as a method to deliver malware

By John Leyden 5 Jul 2018
Image by Maksim Kabakou


Hackers have been experimenting with a newly discovered technique to commandeer Windows 10 boxes.


The approach, revealed at the start of June, relies on abusing Windows Settings files (.SettingContent-ms), an XML file type introduced in Windows 10. The technology allows users to create “shortcuts” to various Windows settings pages.

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