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New Zero Day Exploit for Internet Explorer

Unread postby Nick-YF19 » March 25th, 2006, 7:10 am

A new vulnerbility in Internet Explorer can allow bad websites to install programs on your computer. Even if you are fully patched and up to date with all security updates. All you have to do is visit a bad website andthe exploit will happen. The following excerpt from Secunia:
Description: Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system. The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the processing of the "createTextRange()" method call applied on a radio button control. This can be exploited by e.g. a malicious web site to corrupt memory in a way, which allows the program flow to be redirected to the heap. Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code. NOTE: Exploit code is publicly available. The vulnerability has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2. The vulnerability has also been confirmed in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview (January edition). Other versions may also be affected. Solution: Disable Active Scripting support.


This is a serious problem, since your computer can be completely taken over. Even if you use another browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer can still be launched to execute this attack.

Disabling active scripting can make many functions of a website stop working, so I advise you to add the ones you visit frequently to your trusted zone. That will let them work while you can still disable scripting for all other sites

In addition to adware, real spyware like keyloggers have been seen in the installs from this exploit. So this is no joke, be warned

Here is a guide that includes pictures on how to disable active scripting and how to add sites to your trusted zone: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=133
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Unread postby Nick-YF19 » March 25th, 2006, 7:10 am

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Unread postby amateur » March 25th, 2006, 10:02 am

It may explain the increase in keyloggers along with SurfSideKick I've been observing lately. :shock: I hope Microsoft patches it quickly.
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Free Zero Day Fix (non MS) from eEye out there too ;-)

Unread postby ZeroFighter » April 2nd, 2006, 11:41 am

Hi,

Just in case you have to use IE and can't avoid active scripting - the guys from eEye Digital Security have done an excellent job and provide a free fix including the patch source.

eEye Digital Security has created a temporary work around for the current Internet Explorer zero day vulnerability within the IE createTextRange functionality.

This workaround has been created because currently there is no solution from Microsoft other than the workaround to disable Active Scripting. We have personally had requests from various customers and the community to help provide a free solution in the case that companies and users are not able to disable Active Scripting. The workaround we have created, like ones before it, is experimental in a sense and should only be installed if you are not able to use the safer mitigation of disabling Active Scripting.

The workaround is obviously free, and we do not require any registration information to download it from the eEye website.

Should you encounter any problems with the workaround or bugs please send email to alerts@eeye.com with detailed information on the problem you experienced and we will work to fix any bugs in a timely fashion. We will post updates to the website with version numbers and bug fixes should they arise.

Obviously these things are experimental in nature but considering the options of being vulnerable or at least having a fighting chance... Well I think you get the point. Again this is just another mitigation option until Microsoft releases their patch, which last was scheduled for April 11th or 16 days from now.

For more information on the vulnerability and a link to download the workaround please visit:
http://www.eeye.com/html/research/alerts/AL20060324.html

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Marc Maiffret
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eEye Digital Security


Otherwise, alternative browsers are your friend ;)
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Unread postby amateur » April 2nd, 2006, 11:46 am

I am using Firefox for almost everything. I'll stick with it until IE is patched.
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Unread postby ZeroFighter » April 2nd, 2006, 12:19 pm

Same here, but there are some sites out there not fully supporting FireFox. As some of them are serving third party content, they may not even realize a thread until the damage has been done.

Therefore, I installed the patch mentioned above after reviewing it. The MS one will take about two weeks to be released and that's a bit to long to my mind considering the amount of IE users out there.

There used to be a great site from Pivx about all the unpatched IE exploits, but this was taken offline unfortunately (see here).

Nowadays, only security lists like bugtraq or fulldisclosure provide some information and help.
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