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Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 CMarkup use-after-free vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#239151

Original Release Date: 2014-05-21 | Last Revised: 2014-05-23

Overview

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 contains a use-after-free vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 contains a use-after-free vulnerability. This can allow for arbitrary code execution. Additional details may be found in the Zero Day Initiative advisory ZDI-14-140.

Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

Solution

Apply an Update

Users should upgrade to Internet Explorer 11.

Users that are unable to upgrade past Internet Explorer 8 should consider the following workarounds. Windows XP users will not be able to upgrade past Internet Explorer 8.

Use the Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

The Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) can be used to help prevent exploitation of this vulnerability. Note that platforms that do not support ASLR, such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, will not receive the same level of protection that modern Windows platforms will.

Disable ActiveX and Active Scripting

Set the Internet security zone setting to "High" to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting.

Vendor Information

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Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  May 21, 2014

Status

  Affected

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

There are no additional comments at this time.

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 6.8 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Temporal 6.5 E:H/RL:W/RC:C
Environmental 8.2 CDP:MH/TD:H/CR:H/IR:H/AR:L

References

Credit

This vulnerability was discovered by Peter 'corelanc0d3r' Van Eeckhoutte and coordinated by the Zero Day Initiative.

This document was written by Jared Allar.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2014-1770
Date Public: 2014-05-21
Date First Published: 2014-05-21
Date Last Updated: 2014-05-23 16:39 UTC
Document Revision: 11

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