November 11, 2003
Microsoft has announced that a vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer when handling malicious XML objects. The problem is said to occur due to Internet Explorer failing to validate a supplied path when binding local data to the XML document. As a result, a malicious HTML containing an embedded XML objects may be capable of exposing the contents of the local filesystem, despite the object being within the Internet or Intranet zone.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 SP1
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 SP2
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 SP3
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
Running Internet Explorer with least privileges possible may help mitigate the impact of successful exploitation of this vulnerability.
Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content.
Disabling script code or active content functionality in Internet Explorer may help prevent potential attacks.
Microsoft has released fixes for this issue:
Discovery credited to jelmer .
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