Date Discovered December 9, 2008
Description Microsoft 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 application. Successful exploits will compromise the application and possibly the underlying computer. Failed attacks will cause denial-of-service conditions.
- HP Storage Management Appliance 2.1
- 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 5.0.1 SP4
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
- Nortel Networks Contact Center
- Nortel Networks Contact Center - Contact Recording
- Nortel Networks Contact Center - Quality Monitoring
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Express
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Manager
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Manager Server
- Nortel Networks Contact Center Multimedia
- Nortel Networks MPS Speech Server 6.0
- 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 - Peri Application Rel 3.0
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Media Processing Server
- Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Application
- 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.
The vendor released an advisory along with fixes to address this issue. Please see the references for more information.
Credits Jun Mao of Verisign iDefense Labs
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