Microsoft has released a security bulletin and software updates to address the Microsoft Internet Explorer CDwnBindInfo object processing use-after-free vulnerability.
Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system.
The vulnerability is due to the way the affected software accesses an object in memory. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by convincing a targeted user to visit a malicious website. If successful, an attacker could execute arbitrary code under the security context of the user.
Functional code that exploits this vulnerability is available as part of the Metasploit framework.
Microsoft has confirmed this vulnerability and software updates are available.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 are vulnerable when running on the following systems:
Windows XP SP3
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
Windows Server 2003 SP2
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition SP2
Windows Server 2003 SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
Windows Vista SP2
Windows Vista x64 Edition SP2
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems SP2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems SP1 and prior
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems SP1 and prior
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems SP1 and prior
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems SP1 and prior
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.
Reports indicate that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Microsoft has released a security advisory at the following link: 2794220. Microsoft has released a security bulletin for security advisory 2794220 at the following link: MS13-008
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could gain complete control over the system.
The vulnerability is due to the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. When the CButton object is freed, the reference can be kept and used again during a page reload, resulting in a use-after-free condition.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by convincing a targeted user to visit a malicious website. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the security context of the targeted user.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advise to apply the MSHTML Shim Workaround solution, which prevents exploitation of this vulnerability. Details on applying this workaround are provided at the following link: Microsoft Fix
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.
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 Windows Update website. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
Version 1, January 2, 2013, 9:58 AM: Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system. Updates are not available.
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