Vulnerability Alert

Microsoft Internet Explorer Reference Counting Use-After-Free Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-119: Buffer Errors
IntelliShield ID:27534
Version:1
First Published:2012 December 11 13:07 GMT
Last Published:2012 December 11 13:07 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2012-4787
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Moderate Damage
CVSS Base:9.3 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:6.9
 
Version Summary:Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system.

The vulnerability is due to errors in handling memory resources when processing HTML content. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by convincing a user to view a malicious website. If successful, the attacker could execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the user.

Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 10 is vulnerable when running Windows 8, Windows RT, or Windows Server 2012.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker may provide a link that directs a user to a malicious site and use misleading language or instructions to persuade the user to follow the provided link.

The Cisco Applied Intelligence team has created an Applied Mitigation Bulletin to address vulnerabilities that Microsoft disclosed in the December 2012 security bulletin release. This Cisco bulletin, which assists administrators in identifying or mitigating these vulnerabilities using Cisco devices, is available at the following link: Cisco Applied Mitigation Bulletin: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for December 2012
 
Vendor Announcements
Microsoft has released a security bulletin at the following link: MS12-077
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the system.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to failure to properly maintain reference counts for objects in memory used by Internet Explorer.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by convincing a user to view a malicious website. The processing of the malicious website could cause a reference count error, possibly causing Internet Explorer to access a previously removed or uninitialized memory object. The attacker could use memory corruption resulting from the use-after-free error to execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the user.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Administrators may consider configuring Internet Explorer to prompt users before running Active Scripting or ActiveX controls by setting the Internet and Local Intranet security zone settings to High. Alternately, administrators could disable Active Scripting and ActiveX controls in these security zones.

Users are advised not to open e-mail messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in e-mail messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.

Administrators may consider using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on system endpoints.
 
Patches/Software
Microsoft customers can obtain updates directly by using the links in the security bulletin. These updates are also distributed by Windows automatic update features and available on the Microsoft Update service. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
 
Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
Microsoft, Inc.Internet Explorer 10.0 Base

Associated Products:
Microsoft, Inc.Windows RT Original Release Base
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2012 Original Release Base
Microsoft, Inc.Windows 8 for 32-bit systems Base | for x64-based systems Base




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