Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')
An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists when the Windows Shell fails to validate folder shortcuts, aka 'Windows Shell Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability'.
CWE-59 - Improper Link Resolution Before File Access
'Improper link resolution before file access' occurs when software accesses a file resource but fails to verify that the file isn't a link or shortcut to another file. An attacker can potentially gain access to arbitrary files and from there the impact can vary, depending on the application, from sensitive data exposure to remote code execution.