It’s relatively easy to crash Windows 10 by opening a specific path. It is also easy for hackers to hinder a user.
It is a method whereby developers can work directly with their hard drive without the file system. But with a specific Win32 device namespace path for the console multiplexer driver, things go wrong, Bleeping Computer reports.
In short, whoever opens the link to that location will see a BSOD, the blue Windows crash screen where you have to restart the PC.
According to Bleeping Computer, the problem occurs with Windows 10 version 1709 and later versions. Earlier versions do not have the problem.
While a Windows 10 crash is an inconvenience in itself, it can be exploited. For example, it is possible to put a link to the path in a URL file. Forward something like that to an unsuspecting user and their PC crashes when opening the file, even if that user does not have administrator rights.
The targeted crash of a PC can be used to launch other attacks or erase traces of infiltration. In that regard, an easily generated impact is hazardous as part of an attack.