Microsoft Security Advisory (917077)

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    NICK ADSL UK Administrator

    May 13, 2003
    Microsoft Security Advisory (917077)
    Vulnerability in the way HTML Objects Handle Unexpected Method Calls Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    Published: March 23, 2006 | Updated: March 28, 2006

    Microsoft has confirmed new public reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Based on our investigation, this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the user's system in the security context of the logged-on user.

    Microsoft has been carefully monitoring the attempted exploitation of the vulnerability since it became public last week, through its own forensic capabilities and through partnerships within the industry and law enforcement. Although the issue is serious and malicious attacks are being attempted, Microsoft’s intelligence sources indicate that the attacks are limited in scope at this time.

    The intentional use of exploit code, in any form, to cause damage to computer users is a criminal offense. Accordingly, Microsoft continues to assist law enforcement with its investigation of the attacks in this case. Customers who believe they have been attacked should contact their local FBI office or post their complaint on the Internet Fraud Complaint Center Web site. Customers outside the U.S. should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country.

    Microsoft is completing development of a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer that addresses the recent “createTextRange” vulnerability. The security update is now being finalized through testing to ensure quality and application compatibility and is on schedule to be released as part of the April security updates on April 11, 2006, or sooner as warranted.

    Customers who follow the suggested actions and workarounds in this advisory are less likely to be compromised by exploitation of this vulnerability. Users should take care not to visit unfamiliar or un-trusted Web sites that could potentially host the malicious code.

    Note Customers who use the Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview that was released on March 20, 2006 are not affected by the public reported vulnerability.

    Mitigating Factors:

    In a Web-based attack scenario, an attacker would have to host a Web site that contains a Web page that is used to exploit this vulnerability. An attacker would have no way to force users to visit a malicious Web site. Instead, an attacker would have to persuade them to visit the Web site, typically by getting them to click a link that takes them to the attacker's Web site. It could also be possible to display specially crafted Web content by using banner advertisements or by using other methods to deliver Web content to affected systems.

    This vulnerability could not be exploited automatically through e-mail or while viewing e-mail in the preview pane while using Outlook or Outlook Express. Customers would have to click on a link that would take them to a malicious Web site, or open an attachment that could exploit the vulnerability to be at risk.

    An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
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