Proof-of-concept code that demonstrates an exploit of the Microsoft Internet Explorer CCaret::UpdateScreenCaret function memory corruption vulnerability is publicly available.
A vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.
The vulnerability is due to improper memory operations performed by the affected software when handling crafted content. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user to view a malicious website. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the targeted system.
Proof-of-concept code that exploits this vulnerability is available as part of the Metasploit framework.
Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability in a security bulletin and released software updates.
Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8 are vulnerable when running on the following Microsoft products:
Windows XP SP3
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
Windows Server 2003 and x64 Edition SP2
Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems SP2
Windows Vista and x64 Edition SP2
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit and x64-based Systems SP2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2
Windows 7 for 32-bit and x64-based Systems SP1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based and Itanium-based Systems SP1
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 link.
Microsoft has corrected the vulnerability by modifying how the affected software performs memory operations when handling crafted content.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin at the following link: MS13-069
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the targeted system.
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of the CCaret object, which may lead to memory corruption errors when the affected process attempts to delete an object in memory. The affected process then reuses this pointer in the CCaret::UpdateScreenCaret function, which could trigger a use-after-free error.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by convincing a user to follow a malicious link or visit a website. Successful exploitation could lead to memory corruption errors and allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the browser. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the system.
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 email messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in email messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.
Administrators may consider using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on system endpoints.
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 Microsoft Update service. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
Datacenter Edition SP2 | Datacenter Edition, 64-bit SP2 | Itanium-Based Systems Edition SP2 | Enterprise Edition SP2 | Enterprise Edition, 64-bit SP2 | Essential Business Server Standard SP2 | Essential Business Server Premium SP2 | Essential Business Server Premium, 64-bit SP2 | Standard Edition SP2 | Standard Edition, 64-bit SP2 | Web Server SP2 | Web Server, 64-bit SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
x64-Based Systems Edition SP1 | Itanium-Based Systems Edition SP1
Home Basic SP2 | Home Premium SP2 | Business SP2 | Enterprise SP2 | Ultimate SP2 | Home Basic x64 Edition SP2 | Home Premium x64 Edition SP2 | Business x64 Edition SP2 | Enterprise x64 Edition SP2 | Ultimate x64 Edition SP2
Home Edition SP3 | Professional Edition SP3 | Professional x64 (AMD/EM64T) SP2 | Tablet PC Edition SP3 | Media Center Edition SP3
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