CIS CYBER SECURITY ADVISORIES

MS-ISAC CYBER SECURITY ADVISORY NUMBER:
2012-043

DATE(S) ISSUED:
06/12/2012

SUBJECT:
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (MS12-037)

OVERVIEW:

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.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 9

RISK:

Government:

  • Large and medium government entities: High
  • Small government entities: High

Businesses:

  • Large and medium business entities: High
  • Small business entities: High

Home users: High

DESCRIPTION:

Thirteen vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:

Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities:

Nine remote code execution vulnerabilities have been discovered in Internet Explorer. These are memory corruption vulnerabilities that occur due to the way Internet Explorer accesses objects in memory that have not been properly deleted. These vulnerabilities may be exploited if a user visits a web pagethat is specifically crafted to take advantage of the vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation of any of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker taking complete control of the system.

Information Disclosure Vulnerabilities:
Four information disclosure vulnerabilities have also been discovered in Internet Explorer. These vulnerabilities could be exploited if an attacker convinces a user to visit a specially crafted website which would allow the attacker toaccess information in other domains or Internet Explorer Zones.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Apply appropriate patches provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems immediatelyafter 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.

REFERENCES:

Microsoft:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-037

Security Focus:
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53866
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53867
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53868
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53869
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53870
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53871
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53841
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53842
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53843
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53844
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53845
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53847
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/53848

CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1523
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1858
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1872
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1873
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1874
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1875
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1876
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1877
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1878
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1879
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1880
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1881
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1882