Date Discovered October 12, 2010
Description The Microsoft .NET Framework is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability.
Successful exploits will allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code within the context of the currently logged-in user or the service account associated with an application pool identity. Failed exploit attempts will likely result in a denial-of-service condition.
The issue affects Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 on x64-based and Itanium-based platforms.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service. If global access isn't needed, filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of successful exploits.
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.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources. Attackers could exploit this vulnerability by enticing a user to visit a malicious website. Do not follow links provided by sources of questionable integrity.
Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content. Disable support for script code and active content within a client browser to reduce the chances of a successful exploit. 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.
Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as nonexecutable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
The vendor has released an advisory and fixes. Please see the references for more information.
Credits Jeroen Frijters of Sumatra
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