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Microsoft Internet Explorer DHTML Script Function Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

December 12, 2006

Description

Microsoft Internet Explorer is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. This vulnerability is related to how the browser renders DHTML script functions or nonexistent DHTML elements. An attacker could exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the affected browser.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya Messaging Application Server
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R10
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R11
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R12
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R6
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R7
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R8
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R9
  • HP Storage Management Appliance 2.1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 SP4
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run non-administrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Attackers could exploit this vulnerability by enticing a user to visit a malicious website. Do not follow links provided by sources of questionable integrity.

Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content.

Disable support for script code and active content within a client browser to reduce the chances of a successful exploit. Note that this mitigation tactic might adversely affect legitimate websites that rely on the execution of browser-based script code.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as non-executable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
Microsoft released a security bulletin and fixes to address this issue. Please see the references for more information.

Credits

Discovery is credited to Sam Thomas of Tipping Point Security and the Zero Day Initiative.
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