Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) will attempt to use COM objects that were not intended to be used in the web browser. This can cause a variety of impacts, such as causing IE to crash.
Microsoft COM is a technology that allows programmers to create reusable software components that can be incorporated into applications to extend their functionality. Microsoft COM includes COM+, Distributed COM (DCOM), and ActiveX Controls.
By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message), an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause IE (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.
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This vulnerability was reported by Shane Hird.
This document was written by Will Dormann.
|Date First Published:||2005-08-19|
|Date Last Updated:||2007-10-11 18:19 UTC|