CIS CYBER SECURITY ADVISORIES
MS-ISAC CYBER SECURITY ADVISORY NUMBER:
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (MS11-018)
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft's web browser, Internet Explorer, which could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Several of the vulnerabilities can also lead to information disclosure if successfully exploited.
- Internet Explorer 6
- Internet Explorer 7
- Internet Explorer 8
- Large and medium government entities: High
- Small government entities: High
- Large and medium business entities: High
- Small business entities: High
Home users: High
Five vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:
Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities
Three remote code execution vulnerabilities exist in the way Internet Explorer accesses objects in memory that have not been properly initialized or deleted. These vulnerabilities may be exploited if a user visits a web page that is specifically crafted to take advantage of the vulnerabilities. An alternative attack vector is also possible in the case of one of the vulnerabilities. An attacker could embed an ActiveX control that is marked 'safe for initialization' in an application or Microsoft Office document that hosts the IE rendering engine. Successful exploitation of any of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker taking complete control of the system.
Information Disclosure Vulnerabilities
Two information disclosure vulnerabilities have also been discovered in Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited either of these vulnerabilities, by convincing a user to visit a specially crafted website,could potentially access information in other domains or Internet Explorer Zones.
We recommend the following actions be taken:
- Apply appropriate patches provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
- Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
- Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.