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Old 12-11-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default Yet another reason not to use IE

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December 11, 2008 (IDG News Service) Chinese security researchers mistakenly released the code needed to hack a PC by exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 browser, potentially putting millions of computer users at risk -- but it appears some hackers already knew how to exploit the flaw. At one point, the code was traded for as much as US$15,000 on the underground criminal markets, according to iDefense, the computer security branch of VeriSign, citing a blog post from the Chinese team.
The problem in Internet Explorer 7 means a computer could be infected with malicious software merely by visiting a Web site, one of the most dangerous computer security scenarios. It affects computers running IE7 on Windows XP, regardless of the service pack version.
Microsoft has acknowledged the issue but not indicated when it will release a patch.
The vulnerability was first revealed earlier this week by the Chinese security team "knownsec." Knownsec said on Tuesday they mistakenly released exploit code thinking that the problem was already patched, iDefense said.
"This is our mistake," knownsec said in a Chinese-language research note.
That mistake could mean that more hackers will try to build Web sites in order to compromise users PCs since the exploit code is more freely floating around on the Internet. However, other information indicates that hackers already knew how it worked before the release. According to knownsec, a rumor surfaced earlier in the year about a bug in Internet Explorer, iDefense wrote.
Information on the vulnerability was allegedly sold in November on the underground back market for US$15,000. Earlier this month, the exploit was sold second or third hand for $650, said iDefense, citing knownsec.
Eventually, someone developed a Trojan horse program -- one that appears harmless but is actually malicious -- that is designed to steal information related to Chinese-language PC games, a popular target for hackers.
Now, other Web sites are being built that incorporate the exploit. Hackers then usually try to get people to visit those sites through spam or unsolicited instant messages.
iDefense said in a note that the vulnerability is "really nasty" and that computer security professionals could be in for a rough ride. Microsoft issued its biggest group of patches in five years on Tuesday, and is not due for a regular patch release until Jan. 13, although it could opt to do an emergency release.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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is this new?
the desc reads like most IE vulnerabilities.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:06 AM   #3
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is this new?
the desc reads like most IE vulnerabilities.
The article is dated today but they do state that "other information indicates that hackers already knew how it worked before the release"
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:19 AM   #4
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Is this part of the biannual, let's-find-a-totally-crippling-security-flaw-in-IE roundup that seems to happen? Or is this a special occasion?
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:23 AM   #5
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Is this part of the biannual, let's-find-a-totally-crippling-security-flaw-in-IE roundup that seems to happen? Or is this a special occasion?
Actually, it's more like bimonthly, but yea... this looks like that.
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:07 PM   #6
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Retarded ass workaround:

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December 11, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft warned users of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) late yesterday that attackers are actively exploiting a critical bug in the browser, and urged them to take countermeasures in lieu of a patch.
In a late-Wednesday security advisory, Microsoft officially acknowledged the flaw. "We are aware only of limited attacks that attempt to use this vulnerability," the company said, adding that users running IE7 in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 are at risk.
As is its practice, however, the company was vague about whether it would patch the problem, and if so, when. "On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through a service pack, our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs."
The last time that Microsoft went off its usual once-a-month security update schedule was in late October, when it issued an emergency patch for a bug in Windows that was also being exploited in the wild.
In one way, Microsoft downplayed the threat posed by the IE7 bug, which independent researchers have said is in a browser rendering component, and is triggered by misuse of the HTML "span" tag.
"Our investigation of these attacks so far has verified that they are not successful against customers who have applied the workarounds listed in this advisory," Microsoft said. "Additionally, there are mitigations that increase the difficulty of exploiting this vulnerability."
The company spelled out three things IE7 users can do to protect themselves:
Set "Internet" and "Local internet" security zones to "high." To do that, users must select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu, click the Security tab, click on "Internet," then move the slider to the "High" setting. Repeat for "Local intranet." Click OK.
Disable Active Scripting. Choose "Internet Options" from the Tools menu, click the Security tab, click the "Internet" icon and then the "Custom level" button. In the ensuing dialog, under the "Scripting" section, in the "Active scripting" item, click "Disable," then OK.
Enable DEP (data execution prevention). Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu, click the Advanced tab, then check "Enable memory protection to help mitigate online attacks." Click OK.
Although multiple exploits have surfaced, all are effective against only IE7. Researchers, including those at Microsoft, are still investigating whether the older IE6 also contains the same vulnerability.
"The information posted in Microsoft's security advisory is what the company knows to be true at this time, [but] Microsoft continues to investigate this vulnerability," a company spokesman replied in an e-mail when asked whether Microsoft had found a similar bug in IE6. "If Microsoft can confirm new information based on its ongoing investigation, it will update the security advisory as necessary."
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:08 PM   #7
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:55 PM   #9
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:03 PM   #10
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:07 PM   #11
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Is IE still primarily used in business/offices?
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:13 PM   #12
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:17 PM   #13
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:58 PM   #16
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:18 PM   #17
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Yeah, those of you foolish enough to use IE will probably want to patch it now:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10125593-83.html

Patch is here:

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/com...00812_oob.mspx

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Old 12-17-2008, 04:35 PM   #19
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