November 5, 2003
Microsoft Internet Explorer has been reported prone to an arbitrary code execution vulnerability. The issue presents itself when Internet Explorer is rendering malicious HTML pages that contain embedded executables that are invoked in a specific manner. When a malicious page is rendered the embedded code is executed with the privileges of the user running the vulnerable web browser.
- 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.
Currently we are not aware of any vendor-supplied patches for this issue. If you feel we are in error or are aware of more recent information, please mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
Discovery of this vulnerability has been credited to http-equiv.
© 1995- Symantec Corporation
Permission to redistribute this alert electronically is granted as long as it is not edited in any way unless authorized by Symantec Security Response. Reprinting the whole or part of this alert in any medium other than electronically requires permission from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on, this information.
Symantec, Symantec products, Symantec Security Response, and email@example.com are registered trademarks of Symantec Corp. and/or affiliated companies in the United States and other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks represented in this document are the sole property of their respective companies/owners.