IE 8 XSS Filter Architecture / Implementation

Recently we announced the Internet Explorer 8 XSS Filter and talked a bit about its design philosophy. This post will describe the filter’s architecture and implementation in more detail. Design Goals The Internet Explorer 8 XSS Filter is intended to mitigate reflected / “Type-1” XSS vulnerabilities in a way that does not “break the web.”…


Welcome to the new Microsoft Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog!

We are excited to have this outlet to share more in-depth technical information about vulnerabilities serviced by MSRC security updates and ways you can protect your organization from security vulnerabilities. You can read much more about the goals of the blog and about the SWI teams contributing to the blog in our “About” link: …


MS07-063 – The case of the insecure signature

MS07-063 addresses a weakness in the SMBv2 message signing algorithm. SMB signing is a feature enabled by default on domain controllers to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. As you can imagine, if an attacker on your local subnet can tamper with the SMB network traffic between your domain controller and domain-joined clients, they can cause all kind…


Moving Beyond EMET II – Windows Defender Exploit Guard

Since we last wrote about the future of EMET and how it relates to Windows 10 back in November 2016 (see Moving Beyond EMET), we have received lots of invaluable feedback from EMET customers and enthusiasts regarding the upcoming EMET end of life. Based on that feedback, we are excited to share significant new exploit…


MS07-065 – The case of the significant suffix

MS07-065 fixed a vulnerability in the Message Queueing service. On Windows 2000, a remote anonymous attacker could use this vulnerability to run code as local system on unpatched machines. Windows XP added defense-in-depth hardening to disallow remote access for this service that does not need to be exposed remotely. So on Windows XP, the attacker…


More information on Security Advisory 2737111

Today we released Security Advisory 2737111 to describe the way in which vulnerabilities in Oracle’s Outside In technology impact the document preview functionality of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this blog, we would like to discuss the following: What is the Oracle Outside In technology? Why…


EMET 3.5 Tech Preview leverages security mitigations from the BlueHat Prize

Last year at Black Hat Las Vegas, we announced the BlueHat Prize contest – a large cash prize awarded for defensive security research. One month ago, we announced the names of three finalists. On Thursday night shortly after 10 PM, at the Microsoft Researcher Appreciation Party, we will unveil which finalist won which prize –…


Announcing the availability of ModSecurity extension for IIS

Vulnerabilities in on-line services, like cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, or even information disclosure, are important areas of focus for the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). Over the last few years Microsoft has developed a number of tools capable of mitigating selected web specific vulnerabilities (for example, UrlScan). To help on this front we have…


Technical Analysis of the Top BlueHat Prize Submissions

Now that we have announced the winners of the first BlueHat Prize competition, we wanted to provide some technical details on the top entries and explain how we evaluated their submissions. Speaking on behalf of the judges, it was great to see people thinking creatively about defensive solutions to important security problems! To set the stage…


Assessing risk for the August 2012 security updates

Today we released nine security bulletins addressing 26 CVE’s (13 Microsoft and 13 Oracle CVE’s). Five of the bulletins have a maximum severity rating of Critical and the other four have a maximum severity rating of Important. We hope that the table below helps you prioritize the deployment of the updates appropriately for your environment….