Technical details of the targeted attack using IE vulnerability CVE-2013-3918

Over the weekend we became aware of an active attack relying on an unknown remote code execution vulnerability of a legacy ActiveX component used by Internet Explorer. We are releasing this blog to confirm one more time that the code execution vulnerability will be fixed in today’s UpdateTuesday release and to clarify some details about…

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MS13-080 addresses two vulnerabilities under limited, targeted attacks

Today we released MS13-080 which addresses nine CVEs in Internet Explorer. This bulletin fixes multiple security issues, including two critical vulnerabilities that haven been actively exploited in limited targeted attacks, which we will discuss in details in this blog entry. CVE-2013-3893: the final patch after Fix it workaround Previously, Microsoft released Security Advisory 2887505 and…

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CVE-2013-3893: Fix it workaround available

Today, we released a Fix it workaround tool to address a new IE vulnerability that had been actively exploited in extremely limited, targeted attacks.  This Fix it makes a minor modification to mshtml.dll when it is loaded in memory to address the vulnerability. This Fix it workaround tool is linked from Security Advisory 2887505 that describes this…

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Running in the wild, not for so long

Over the weekend we received a report from our partners about a possible unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability being exploited in the wild. The exploit code uses a memory corruption bug triggered from a webpage but it deeply leverages a Flash SWF file in order to achieve reliable exploitation and code execution. The Flash file is…

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Microsoft "Fix it" available to mitigate Internet Explorer 8 vulnerability

Today, we are making available a “Microsoft Fix it” solution to block attacks leveraging the Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) vulnerability described in Security Advisory 2847140. This code-signed, easily downloadable and install-able Fix it package uses the Windows application compatibility toolkit to make a small change at runtime to mshtml.dll every time IE is loaded. Here…

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New vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 8 users

Today, the MSRC released Security Advisory 2794220 alerting customers to limited, targeted attacks affecting customers using Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8. Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 users are safe. More information about the vulnerability and exploit In this particular vulnerability, IE attempts to reference and use an object that had previously been…

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New version of EMET is now available

Today we are pleased to announce a new version of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) with brand new features and mitigations. Users can click here to download the tool free of charge.  The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit enables and implements different techniques to make successful attacks on your system more difficult. EMET is designed…

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Help and Support Center vulnerability full-disclosure posting

Yesterday evening, one of Google’s security researchers publicly released vulnerability details and a working exploit for an unpatched vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This afternoon, we’ve released security advisory 2219475 with official guidance. We’d like to use this blog entry to share more details about the issue and ways you can protect…

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Assessing risk of IE 0day vulnerability

Yesterday, the MSRC released Microsoft Security Advisory 979352 alerting customers to limited, sophisticated attacks targeting Internet Explorer 6 customers. Today, samples of that exploit were made publicly available. Before we get into the details I want to make one thing perfectly clear. The attacks we have seen to date, including the exploit released publicly, only affect…

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Update on the SMB vulnerability situation

We’d like to give everyone an update on the situation surrounding the new Microsoft Server Message Block Version 2 (SMBv2) vulnerability affecting Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Easy way to disable SMBv2 First exploit for code execution released to small number of companies Mitigations that help prevent attacks Status of fixes Easy way to…

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