Date Discovered June 8, 2010
Description Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools ('iedvtool.dll') ActiveX control is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability that stems from a memory-corruption issue.
An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the application, usually Internet Explorer, using the ActiveX control. Failed attacks will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.
Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity. Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from a successful exploit.
Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content. Since attackers may use script code to exploit this issue, consider disabling support for script code and active content within the client browser. Note that this mitigation tactic might adversely affect websites that rely on the execution of browser-based script code.
Do not use client software to access unknown or untrusted hosts from critical systems. To limit exposure to client-side vulnerabilities, never visit sites of questionable integrity.
Do not accept communications that originate from unknown or untrusted sources. Do not open or view email from unknown or untrusted sources. Configure email clients to view messages as plain text to help mitigate these issues.
Implement multiple redundant layers of security. Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.
Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To limit the potential damage that a successful exploit may achieve, run all nonadministrative software as a regular user with the least amount of privileges required to successfully operate.
Updates are available to address this issue. Please see the references for more information.
Credits Chris Ries of Carnegie Mellon University Computing Services
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