CIS CYBER SECURITY ADVISORIES

MS-ISAC CYBER SECURITY ADVISORY NUMBER:
2013-014

DATE(S) ISSUED:
02/12/2013

SUBJECT:
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (MS13-009)

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.

SYSTEM AFFECTED:

  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Internet Explorer 6

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:

Twelve remote code execution vulnerabilities and one information disclosure vulnerability have been discovered in Internet Explorer. The vulnerabilities that allow remote code execution occur due to the way Internet Explorer accesses objects in memory that have not been properly initialized or deleted. The information disclosure vulnerability occurs due to the way Internet Explorer handles certain types of encoding. These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits a web page that is specifically crafted to take advantage of the vulnerabilities. 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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources. (Macintosh).

REFERENCES:

Microsoft:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-009

CVE:

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0015
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0018
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0019
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0020
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0021
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0022
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0023
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0024
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0025
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0026
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0027
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0028
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0029