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Citrix & RemoteApp File upload and Breakout using MS Office

It is possible to deliver applications remotely to users via a solution such as Citrix or Microsoft RemoteApp (part of their Remote Desktop solution). This has the advantage of only delivering the application rather than the whole desktop to the user. The user isn't even necessarily aware that the application is running remotely, as it will appear like any locally installed application when running. An example of the type of application delivered in this way might be Microsoft Office.

If, however, the Citrix or RemoteApp environment hasn't been set up properly, then this can lead to security problems such as arbitrary file upload and running commands remotely. I'm not going to look at macro security, even though this can lead to complete compromise of a system. However, what some people are not aware of is that you can upload files through the Open and Save As dialogs in Office. These files can then be executed on the remote system through the same dialogs.

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