CIS CYBERSECURITY ADVISORIES

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:
2015-053

DATE(S) ISSUED:
05/12/2015

SUBJECT:
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (MS15-043)

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 elevated privileges on the system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

There is no known proof-of-concept code available at this time. Updates are available.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11

RISK:

Government:

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

Businesses:

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

Home users: High

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

Multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in Internet Explorer due to the way objects in memory are improperly accessed. The vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • 14 Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities
  • Three ASLR Bypass Vulnerabilities
  • FourPrivilege Escalation Vulnerabilities
  • OneInformation Disclosure Vulnerability

These vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute remote code by luring a victim to a malicious website. When the website is visited, the attacker's script will run with same permissions as the affected user account. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining elevated privileges on the system. 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 theeffects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to click links from unknown sources, or to click links without verifying the intended destination.

REFERENCES:

Microsoft:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS15-043

CVE:

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1658

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1684

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1685

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1686

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1688

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1689

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1691

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1692

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1694

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1703

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1704

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1705

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1706

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1708

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1709

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1710

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1711

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1712

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1713

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1714

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1717

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-1718