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UPDATED: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution.
Posted: September 17, 2012, 1:40 pm
Last Updated: November 4, 2012, 8:42 am

South Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center

 

SC INFORMATION SHARING AND ANALYSIS CENTER BULLETIN

 

DATE ISSUED:        9/17/2012

                                    9/18/2012- UPDATED

                                    09/24/2012 - UPDATED

 

                                               

SUBJECT:     Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

           

OVERVIEW:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's web browser, Internet Explorer, which could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. Exploitation may occur if a user visits or is redirected to a web page which is specifically crafted to take advantage of the vulnerability. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability 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. Failed exploit attempts may result in a denial-of-service condition.

 

It should be noted that there is currently no patch available for this vulnerability and it is currently being exploited in the wild resulting in remote code execution. In addition, the exploit code is currently available as a Metasploit module.

 

September 18 ­UPDATED OVERVIEW

Microsoft has released a workaround for this vulnerability in Security Advisory 2757760.

 

 September 24 ­UPDATED OVERVIEW
Microsoft has released a cumulative update for Internet Explorer that fixes this vulnerability (execCommand Use After Free Vulnerability - CVE-2012-4969) as well as four additional vulnerabilities in an out-of-cycle bulletin MS12-063.

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's web browser, Internet Explorer, which could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. The vulnerability occurs due to Internet Explorer improperly handling a condition where a deleted object is accessed. This may result in a use-after-free condition and lead to execution of arbitrary code. A use-after-free condition occurs when an application de-allocates a memory block and then later attempts to access that de-allocated space.

 

Exploitation may occur if a user visits or is redirected to a web page which is specifically crafted to take advantage of this vulnerability. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability 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. Failed exploit attempts may result in a denial-of-service condition.

 

It should be noted that there is currently no patch available for this vulnerability and it is currently being exploited in the wild resulting in remote code execution. In addition, the exploit code is currently available as a Metasploit module.

 

September 18 ­UPDATED DESCRIPTION:

 

Microsoft has released a workaround for this vulnerability in Security Advisory 2757760.  By default Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 runs in a restricted mode that is known as Enhanced Security Configuration.  Microsoft has indicated that this mitigates the vulnerability on those systems.

 

September 24 ­UPDATED DESCRIPTION/*

 

Microsoft has released a cumulative update for Internet Explorer that fixes this vulnerability (execCommand Use After Free Vulnerability) in  an out-of-cycle bulletin MS12-063.

 

 SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

 

·         Internet Explorer 7

·         Internet Explorer 8

·         Internet Explorer 9

 

September 18 ­ UPDATED SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

·                     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

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • 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.
  • If you have an alternate browser deployed, consider using it until this vulnerability is remediated.

 

September 18 – UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following workarounds from Microsoft be taken:

 

  • Deploy the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
  • Set Internet and Local intranet security zone settings to "High" to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones
  • Configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting in the Internet and Local intranet security zone

 

September 24 – UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS:/*

 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

 

·          Apply appropriate patches provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.

 

REFERENCES

SecurityFocus:

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/55562

 

ZDNet:

http://www.zdnet.com/java-zero-day-leads-to-internet-explorer-zero-day-7000004330/

 

AlienVault

http://labs.alienvault.com/labs/index.php/2012/new-internet-explorer-zero-day-being-exploited-in-the-wild/

 

September 18 UPDATED REFERENCES

 

Microsoft:

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2757760

http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2012/09/17/microsoft-releases-security-advisory-2757760.aspx

                                                                                                                       

         

 

September 24 UPDATED REFERENCES

 

Microsoft :

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-063  

 

SecurityFocus:

 

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/55646

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/55641

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/55647

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/55645

 

CVE:

 

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4969

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-2557

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-2548

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-2546

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1529

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

Please feel free to contact the SC ISAC if you have any questions or need any additional information.

 

The SC ISAC will provide amplifying information as it becomes available.

 

SC-ISAC Contact Information

 

Email: SC-ISAC@cio.sc.gov

SC ISAC Security Line: 803-896-1650

24-hour hotline: +1 803-896-0001

Fax: +1 803-896-0375

Postal address:

 

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https://sc-isac.sc.gov/public.key

 

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