search menu icon-carat-right cmu-wordmark

CERT Coordination Center

Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerable to remote code execution

Vulnerability Note VU#771788

Original Release Date: 2007-02-14 | Last Revised: 2007-03-13

Overview

A vulnerability in the way Microsoft Internet Explorer instantiates COM objects may lead to execution of arbitrary code.

Description

Component Object Model, or COM objects, are used to enable interprocess communication and dynamic object creation within Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a vulnerability that could be exploited when it attempts to load specially crafted web sites that instantiate specific COM objects contained in Msb1fren.dll, Htmlmm.ocx, or Blnmgrps.dll. According to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-016

When Internet Explorer tries to instantiate certain COM objects as ActiveX controls, the COM objects may corrupt the system state in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code.

Note that this vulnerability does not affect Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.

Solution

Update
Microsoft has released an update to address this issue. See Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-016 for more details.

Disable ActiveX


Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the document Securing Your Web Browser and the Malicious Web Scripts FAQ.

Note that disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone will reduce the functionality of some web sites.

Vendor Information

771788
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  February 14, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-016.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-016 . Microsoft credits H D Moore of BreakingPoint Systems for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0219
Severity Metric: 25.65
Date Public: 2007-02-13
Date First Published: 2007-02-14
Date Last Updated: 2007-03-13 19:23 UTC
Document Revision: 18

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.