Beyond File Search: A Novel Method for Exploiting the "search-ms" URI Protocol Handler


Level 18
Thread author
Top Poster
May 4, 2019
Threat Summary
In the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, malware authors continuously explore new avenues to exploit unsuspecting users. The Windows operating system provides a powerful search feature that allows users to quickly find files, folders, and other items on their computers. One of the less known aspects of this search feature is the "search-ms" URI protocol handler, which offers enhanced search capabilities to perform local searches. It also offers the capability to perform queries on file shares located on remote hosts, this can be exploited, as explained in our Trellix Research blog.

About us

  • MalwareTips is a community-driven platform providing the latest information and resources on malware and cyber threats. Our team of experienced professionals and passionate volunteers work to keep the internet safe and secure. We provide accurate, up-to-date information and strive to build a strong and supportive community dedicated to cybersecurity.

User Menu

Follow us

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to know first about the latest cybersecurity incidents and malware threats.