January 14, 2010
Internet Explorer is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the browser. Successful exploits will compromise the application and possibly the computer. Failed attacks will cause denial-of-service conditions.
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- Avaya Messaging Application Server
- Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 1.1
- Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 2.0
- Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 3.0
- Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 3.1
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
- Nortel Networks CallPilot 1005r
- Nortel Networks CallPilot 201i
- Nortel Networks CallPilot 202i
- Nortel Networks CallPilot 600r
- Nortel Networks CallPilot 703t
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Administration CCMA 6.0
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Administration CCMA 7.0
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Express
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Multimedia & Outbound 6.0
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Multimedia & Outbound 7.0
- Nortel Networks Media Processing Server
- Nortel Networks Media Processing Svr 100
- Nortel Networks Media Processing Svr 1000 Rel 3.0
- Nortel Networks Media Processing Svr 500 Rel 3.0
- Nortel Networks Peri Application
- Nortel Networks Peri Workstation
- Nortel Networks Self Service - CDD
- Nortel Networks Self-Service CDD
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Media Processing Server
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Application
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri CTI
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Workstation
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Speech Server
Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.
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 successful exploits.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.
Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content.
Since a successful exploit of this issue requires malicious code to execute in web clients, consider disabling support for script code and active content within the client browser. 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.
Memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable stack and heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments) will complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
A vendor advisory and updates are available; please see the references for more information.
- BugSec - 21.01.10 Internet Explorer CVE-2010-0249 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
- Microsoft - Advisory 979352 Update for Monday January 18
- Dave Aitel - ASLR+DEP = no problem. :>
- Nortel Networks - Avaya Enterprise (Fomerly Nortel Enterprise) Response to Microsoft Security Bull
- Microsoft - Further Insight into Security Advisory 979352 and the Threat Landscape
- Microsoft - Internet Explorer Homepage
- Metasploit - Reproducing the 'Aurora' IE Exploit
- Microsoft Security Response Center - Security Advisory 979352 – Going out of Band
- Microsoft Security Response Center - Security Advisory 979352 Released
This issue was discovered in the wild; Microsoft credits Meron Sellem of BugSec.
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