MS08-050 : Locking an ActiveX control to specific applications.

MS08-050 concerns an ActiveX control that can be maliciously scripted to leak out personal information such as email addresses. There appeared to be no need for the control to have this behaviour so giving it a Kill-Bit seemed the correct approach to take. During the extensive testing that each security update undergoes, however, it became apparent…

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MS08-041 : The Microsoft Access Snapshot Viewer ActiveX control

MS08-041 fixes a vulnerability in the Microsoft Access Snapshot Viewer ActiveX control. It’s an interesting vulnerability so we wanted to go into more detail about platforms at reduced risk and also more about the servicing strategy for this vulnerability. Windows Vista at reduced risk? We first heard about this vulnerability from customers sending in reports…

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The Kill-Bit FAQ: Part 3 of 3

It is very common for Microsoft security bulletins to include “Kill-Bits” to disable individual ActiveX controls / COM objects. Here is the final part of our three-part Kill-Bit FAQ. The Kill-Bit FAQ – Part 3 of 3 Are there issues that could complicate the implementation of a Kill-Bit based fix? Yes. Here’s one interesting example:…

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The Kill-Bit FAQ: Part 2 of 3

It is very common for Microsoft security bulletins to include “Kill-Bits” to disable individual ActiveX controls / COM objects. Here is the second part of our three-part Kill-Bit FAQ. The Kill-Bit FAQ – Part 2 of 3 How do ActiveX Controls, OLE Controls, and COM Objects relate? An ActiveX control is an OLE control that…

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The Kill-Bit FAQ: Part 1 of 3

It is very common for Microsoft security bulletins to include “Kill-Bits” to disable individual ActiveX controls / COM objects. Here is the first part of a three-part FAQ we have developed to answer some questions around the Kill-Bit and related functionality. The Kill-Bit FAQ – Part 1 of 3 What is the Kill-Bit? The Kill-Bit…

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